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Defense Not Cause of Growth in Government Spending

Created on January 30, 2015

Defense Not Cause of Growth in Government Spending


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Despite reductions in defense spending, government spending continues to rise. Nearly all the growth in government spending over the past 40 years is due to growth in entitlement programs.

Source: Nate Silver, “What Is Driving Growth in Government Spending?” The New York Times, 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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Tags: defense, budget, entitlements, national-debt