GROWTH OF GOVERNMENT

The clip begins with recent spending items passed by Congress and quotes Thomas Jefferson who said, “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.” A graphic illustrates federal spending per person since 1792 and shows exponential growth in recent decades. For most of the nation’s history, the federal government spent only a few hundred dollars per person, but today, the federal government alone spends $10,000 per person. Federal, state, and local governments now spend about 40% of all the income generated in the United States.
SEGMENT 13 / MECA DVD

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