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Entitlement Programs Primary Cause for Rise in Government Spending

Created on October 17, 2014

Entitlement Programs Primary Cause for Rise in Government Spending

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Nearly all the growth in government spending over the past 40 years is due to growth in entitlement programs. In fact, government spending would be even higher were it not for reductions in defense spending.

Source: Nate Silver, “What Is Driving Growth in Government Spending?” The New York Times FiveThirtyEight blog, January 16, 2013, http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/16/what-is-driving-growth-in- government-spending/ (accessed September 23, 2014).

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