The Tea Party crowd has complained about the growth in government employment under
Obama The graph shows that government employment as a percent of population increased beginning in the 50's but it has leveled out and then declined in our current downturn. Actually local government, including teachers, fireman and police are by far the largest segment of government employees. State government is next in the number of employees. Federal employees are a distant third.
Krugman provided the facts but he concluded that they probably don't matter. We don't live in country where true believers want to be confused by facts.