Elliott Parker
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October 22, 2011
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Elliott Parker: How big is our government, really?

At the core of the debate over the proper size and function of government in American society is the assumption that our government is big and growing. But is this true?

In absolute terms, of course, the answer is yes. The United States is the world's largest economy, and our government has grown along with it. In military purchases alone, for example, the U.S. spends about as much as the entire rest of the world combined, even though we only have 5 percent of the world's population. Add in population growth and inflation, and it is easy to draw scary …

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