patteeu, using the GDP is sleight-of-hand. That gets used to make something seem less bad because it's just a percentage. GDP includes govt spending, and is itself a phony stat, and gets used for such shenanigans.
My Message to President-Elect Donald Trump:
America did NOT became great because of what government did. America became great because of what the U.S. Constitution prevented our government from doing. The people made America great.