Chris, I was struck by the fact that federal spending went up by a factor of 20, while general inflation rose by only a factor of about 6.4.* Social Security and Medicare spending went up by a factor of close to 50!
Defense spending went up by a factor of about 10, and keeping in mind that this spending includes war funding, that seems like a relatively stable number. If that war is ever to conclude — wait, stop laughing — given its record thus far, under this administration you would probably still not see those expenditures shrink.
Anyone who thinks that business as usual doesn’t doom the US to a financial collapse ought to have his head examined. Maybe we should move to Norway, where at least they’re up front about their socialism, yet generally thrifty at least as far as government spending goes.