Federal Spending Grew Nearly 12 Times Faster than Median Income
When federal spending grows faster than Americans' paychecks, the burden of government on taxpayers becomes greater. Over the past four decades, median-income Americans' earnings have risen only 24 percent, while spending has increased 288 percent.
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PERCENT CHANGE IN INFLATION-ADJUSTED DOLLARS (2012)
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau and Office of Management and Budget.