The federal government has seen a century of growth. In 1915, the government had only a handful of departments, 400,000 employees (half of whom worked for the Post Office) and a total budget that, even when adjusted to 2009 dollars, amounted to just $11.7 billion.
Today, there are perhaps 180 federal agencies, although as Wayne Crews points out, nobody is entirely certain. The federal government employs 4.1 million civilian and military employees. Annual spending is about $3.9 trillion per year and growing.
But it’s not just the size of the federal budget and workforce that are expanding. Government policy has encroached into many more areas of life. There was little environmental protection policy in 1915, nor were there social welfare safety nets like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families.… (Read more at Public Administration Times)