Paul Krugman has a nice post dismantling the 'government employment growth' talking-point. Government grew after 1950. At the same time our society was becoming more equal and a middle-class emerged. Since the mid- to late-1970s "there has been no [government employment growth] trend relative to population." One could argue that this period of stable government employment has a direct link to our simultaneous rise in inequality. Less government equals more plutocracy. This 'government employment growth' (alongside public employee bashing) the Republicans speak of is a myth.