WoD – The Growth of Government

I was forwarded this intriguing stat to perhaps share as a WoD (as well as the question afterwards):

“In 1909, the US federal government had an annual budget of $US 0.8 Billion.  With this it governed a population of just over 90 million people. The cost of government was about $9 per capita.  In 2009, the US federal government has an annual budget of $US 3,550 Billion.  With this it governs a population of just over 300 million people.  That’s a cost of about $11,675 per capita.”

Are we 1200 times better off?

[One thing to note – these numbers are very likely not adjusted for inflation, so this may be quite a bit higher of a spread than when inflation-adjusted (don’t ask me to adjust them either – umm, I was told there’d be no math…) ]

The fact that we all live way longer/healthier is a major element of this increased societal/governmental cost over the past 100 years.

But I’ll twist the question around a bit, since there’s just too many variables and differences between 1909 and 2009 to figure if we are, in fact, 1200 times better off.  Given that our government is what it is right now (i.e. you can’t just wave a wand and make it different or more efficient or go back in time and change it, etc.), if your answer to the question above is no, we are likely not 1200 times better off, then my question is, (and really think about it for a moment), what would you cut out, reduce, or get rid of?


Tuesday:

ER VAKHST VI A LOKSHN (ehr VAKHST vee ah LOHKSHen)

He grows like a noodle

Er vakhst vi a lokshn! Before too long, he’ll be too tall for his pants!

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