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What Is Driving Growth
in Government Spending?

New York Times, by Nate Silver

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Posted By:congaree53, 1/18/2013 5:28:54 PM

It’s one of the most fundamental political questions of our time: What’s driving the growth in government spending? And it has a relatively straightforward answer: first and foremost, spending on health care through Medicare and Medicaid, and other major social insurance and entitlement programs. But I thought it was worth reviewing the evidence in a bit more detail. There are a few surprises along the way, some of which liberal readers might like and others of which will please conservative readers. The Web site usgovernmentspending.com has an abundance of data on federal,

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From the wizard of the 2012 election. The bias is there but the graphs are fascinating. Look at WW1 and WW2 in first graph. Remember when defense spending was the bulk of the federal budget??

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: losgatos, 1/18/2013 5:39:55 PM     (No. 9125198)

I won´t read the NYT article but I will say this. I´d like to see cuts in things that benefit me. I´d rather save the country. I´d love to meet just one democrat voter that feels the same way.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: LComStaff, 1/18/2013 6:04:54 PM     (No. 9125247)

Please spell out source designaton. It helps our search function. Staff has fixed.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: KTWO, 1/18/2013 6:23:51 PM     (No. 9125275)

Whatever your views on Silver this was worthwhile for the link to:

http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/

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Reply 4 - Posted by: sgtfox of the jarhead clan, 1/18/2013 6:30:16 PM     (No. 9125292)

Aid to islamist countries is part of it. Give away programs from Santa to his supporters is another part of it. Several million per year to keep Michelle and her 200 closest friends happy traveling the world is part of it.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: snowoutlaw, 1/18/2013 6:32:43 PM     (No. 9125296)

Its called Liberalism. Take from the hard working productive and give to the lazy.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: neanderthal, 1/18/2013 7:07:54 PM     (No. 9125353)

Easy answer: millions of people with no curable ailments spend millions of man/hours in doctors´ offices, emergency rooms, shrinks, or wherever they can loiter and whine for free because our social fabric of family, organizations, neighborhoods has been shredded by the very entitlement programs that are breaking us. Government is the problems. Government has always been the problem. Government will always be the problem.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: cgood, 1/18/2013 7:20:22 PM     (No. 9125378)

What conservative readers?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: bob913, 1/18/2013 7:37:19 PM     (No. 9125415)

Greed and corruption are the drivers.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 1/18/2013 11:22:40 PM     (No. 9125670)

It´s called OPM aka other people´s money aka our tax dollars.

When we pay our taxes (or face penalties), we have no control over where it goes or how it´s wasted. For this country to borrow money to give away to countries that hate US and not even call it a loan anymore, is outright dumb.



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Reply 10 - Posted by: chance_232, 1/18/2013 11:30:49 PM     (No. 9125680)

A few take aways.

1. If defense spending went to zero, we would still be running a deficit.
2. Defense spending is less than 20% of spending.
3. After 9/11 defense spending up ticked. There was a slight increase.

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