From CATO's Chris Edwards:
source: CATO, Five Decades of Federal Spending
After a steady decline during the Clinton years to 12.9 percent of GDP, President Bush pushed up nondefense spending to a higher plateau of around 14.5 percent. Then came the recession and financial crisis, and the Bush-Obama tag team hiked spending to an even higher level of around 19 percent of GDP. That level of nondefense spending is almost double the level in 1970 measured as a share of the economy.Agreed.
See also Tuesday's Washington Times:
The era of big government has returned with a vengeance, in the form of the largest federal work force in modern history.MORE:
The Obama administration says the government will grow to 2.15 million employees this year, topping 2 million for the first time since President Clinton declared that "the era of big government is over" and joined forces with a Republican-led Congress in the 1990s to pare back the federal work force.
In answer to OBH's question in comments, from page 99 of President Obama's 2011 budget:
source: OMB, 2011 Budget, Chart 10-1