America’s Federal Budget

The last 20 years tell us a lot — a lot about whether America has a “government of the people, by the people, for the people”, or has a government of the swamp, by the swamp, for the swamp.

In 2000, America had a population of 282 million people, and had a federal budget of $1.77 trillion.  In 2020, America had a population of 329 million people, and had a federal budget of $4.77 trillion.

In those 20 years, America’s population increased 16%, and America’s federal budget increased 170%.  The federal budget more than doubled, much more.

Let’s think about that.

Do Americans enjoy greater safety today than 20 years ago?

Do Americans enjoy greater wealth today than 20 years ago?

Do Americans enjoy greater free speech today than 20 years ago?

Do Americans enjoy greater trust in government today than 20 years ago?

Do Americans enjoy greater unity today than 20 years ago?

170% has to go somewhere.  Where does the money go?

Does the money keep America’s military strong?  The rice farmers in Vietnam and the goatherds in Afghanistan say it doesn’t.

Does the money keep America’s poor safe and sound?  The inner city crime victims and the inner city parents whose children graduate high school with meaningless diplomas say it doesn’t.

Where does the money go?

President Joe Biden advocated for a multi-trillion-dollar spending bill, and he promised it would not cost America a single penny.  Where does the money go?  Abracadabra!

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