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Fact Check: Is the Government Taking More and More of our Money?

“… the government keeps taking more and more of my money…” – Sarah Peppel

“Exasperated w/govt taking more and more of my money…” – Paul Robb

“My government keeps lying to me, over and over keeps taking more and more of my money…” – A Better Version of Me

“The reason I don’t want to wait for the government to balance the budget is because they simply will not the way the current system works — they will just keep taking more and more of my money, claiming they need it, and they will continue to punish those who work.” – Ogre

“I am tired of these morans taking more and more of my money and saying it is ok… F&^% it is not ok.” – JD

“‘Sometimes when I write, I feel like a broken record. I express concerns over the same issues again and again.’ That’s exactly how I feel, especially when it comes to the government taking more of our money every year.” – James Simpson

You can find these sorts of claims all over the internet by posters in the United States. But are the claims true? The Department of Numbers packages up Bureau of Economic Analysis data on federal government revenue as a percent of our nation’s gross domestic product. Here’s the trend over time, in reverse chronological order:

Total Federal Revenue as Percent of GDP

No, the federal government is not taking more and more of our money year after year. The share it takes has overall remained essentially the same for decades.

2 thoughts on “Fact Check: Is the Government Taking More and More of our Money?”

  1. Tom says:

    It’s the way they spend it!

    1. Jim Cook says:

      Right — but that’s a different, more subtle discussion. Where are government services being cut? Where is spending being diverted?

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