#1Sep 14th, 2012
Government spending was a central issue in the 2010 elections, and it has remained an important concern in this election cycle, especially for independent voters.
Using data from the Office of Management and Budget, this chart shows the amount of real federal dollars spent per capita over the past 40 years. The data clearly highlight that, after adjusting for population and inflation, federal outlays have, with a few exceptions, mostly grown, with a clear increase over the past 12 years.
Government Spending: A Recap | Mercatus