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FACT #20: A government that keeps on giving
Back in 1920 the federal government spent $59.97 per American citizen, or $653.84 in today's inflation-adjusted dollars.
Today Washington spends $11,194 for every man, woman and child.
Aside from a brief belt-tightening phase during the Great Depression, federal spending per capita has risen steadily for nearly 100 years. The last time annual revenue covered expenditures was 2001.