The only thing that surprises me about this news is that it appeared in The Washington Post.
After 21 / 2 years of budget battles, this is what the federal government looks like now:
It is on pace, this year, to spend $3.455 trillion.
That figure is down from 2010 — the year that worries about government spending helped bring on a tea party uprising, a Republican takeover in the House and then a series of ulcer-causing showdowns in Congress.
But it is not down by that much. Back then, the government spent a whopping $3.457 trillion.
Measured another way — not in dollars, but in people — the government has about 4.1 million employees today, military and civilian. That’s more than the populations of 24 states. (Read More)
It’s not just spending and the number of government employees, but also the amount of government regulation. That has exploded to all new levels in the past few years, making it more difficult to do business and make a living.