“Well of course the government spends more money now than it did 50 years ago! There’s more people in the country! Duh!”
“Well of course the government spends more money now than it did 50 years ago! There’s inflation! Duh!”
Alright then. The above chart shows federal outlays per capita, and adjusted for inflation. As you can clearly see, the U.S. government spends a hell of a lot more money per person, adjusted for inflation, than it did 50 years ago. If you want more detail go here.
Also note the sharp increases in government spending during Republican administrations. Hmm…I thought conservatives were for small government?
And to think that many Americans (if not most!) think the problem is the government isn’t spending or doing enough. That we need to increase spending even more.