Until World War II and the postwar years, when the federal bureaucracy institutionalized the governments preferred method for calculating national income, economists offered sound arguments for excluding government spending from estimates of gross domestic product. Using their general approach reveals that the private economys performance for the past thirteen years has been only somewhat better than complete stagnation.
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