Sunday, February 20, 2011

Chart of the day

Source: Mark Perry

For all of the talk we hear from politicians about government "investments," what this chart makes clear is that the federal government devotes more of its energies to, er, "spreading the wealth around" than any other activity -- even the constitutional ones like national defense. This year the federal government will take approximately $2.3 trillion from the pockets of certain taxpayers and transfer it to others. Remember, while stealing is illegal, it is perfectly acceptable to elect someone to Congress that can then take money from friends, neighbors and even perfect strangers and given to you.

As I have noted before, a superb maxim for understanding government is that when you rob from Peter to pay Paul, you can always count on the support of Paul.

Related: Scott Grannis has some thoughts of his own on the chart.


Ben said...

Looks like my comment was deleted.

I wonder how Perry classifies outlays as "payments to individuals".

Colin said...

No, your comment wasn't deleted, you simply posted it in the wrong place.