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I see what they did there. They subtracted the state and local government spending (Which typically can not legally run a deficit, and shrank because of a contracting economy) from Obama's federal growth to try to make it look like Obama is somehow fiscally conservative. Par for the course for the NYT.
If you say so. Proof, references, etc.
The bars right under the graphs, and the text above. They're lumping ALL Government together there.

Expressing it as percentages also obscures important data, as does zeroing out at the start of each administration. The later hides how much of a jump Obama's spending was over Bush's. Obama might be "Level", but it's a MUCH higher level.