Skip to comments.How Big Is American Government?
Posted on 09/22/2009 2:22:48 PM PDT by DesScorp
Federal, state, and local government spending will be 42 percent of U.S. gross domestic product in 2009, according to data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Thats hugemore than 4 out of every 10 dollars of everything produced in America now gets channeled through governments.
How does that compare to other advanced nations? Chart 1 shows that total government spending in the United States is somewhat less than the average of the 30 industrial nations in the OECD, but that the U.S. advantage is shrinking. During the 1990s, the U.S. government size was about 10 percentage points smaller than the average OECD government size, but that gap has shrunk and is now only 5 percentage points.
Most of the erosion of Americas smaller government advantage occurred during the early Bush administration years. In the last two years, the recessions and expansionary fiscal actions have boosted the size of governments both here and abroad, as shown in the chart.Thats the bad news. The good news is that some advanced nations have substantially cut the sizes of their governments in recent decades, which illustrates that it can be done. Chart 2 shows total government spending as a share of GDP for the U.S. and for five OECD nations that have had relatively sound fiscal policies. Putting aside the recent recession-induced increases, Canada, New Zealand, and the Netherlands have chopped their governments by roughly 10 percentage points or more since the early 1990s.
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#1 Remove all unions from any government related employment. (it is a monopoly)
#2 Forbid any pay and benefits beyond what is found on average in the private sector. (that would cut pay in half and end pensions for the most part)
Those two would do wonders.
The only way we can EVER begin to reduce the size of our government under our current political system is to have enough citizens that don’t look to the government to solve so many problems.
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