Face the Facts USA: A government that keeps on giving

Each day in the 100 days leading up to Election Day, our website and Face the Facts USA will be partnering to bring you one exhaustively researched and vetted, non-partisan fact about a major issue facing our nation.

FACT #20: A government that keeps on giving

Back in 1920 the federal government spent $59.97 per American citizen, or $653.84 in todays inflation-adjusted dollars.

Today Washington spends $11,194 for every man, woman and child.

Aside from a brief belt-tightening phase during the Great Depression, federal spending per capita has risen steadily for nearly 100 years. The last time annual revenue covered expenditures was 2001.

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