Big Government is Even Bigger
Than You Think

Big Government in America is so huge it boggles the mind and numbs the senses.

But exactly how big is Big Government? For the moment, just consider one key factor: the money spent and controlled by government.

How much of our annual earnings does Big Government take and spend, command and control?

Add the federal budget to all the state and local government budgets in the United States, and subtract out the amounts that they shift between each other ("intergovernmental spending").

Federal, state, and local governments together directly spend a whopping $4.8 Trillion - every year .

But wait, there's more!

Big Government Politicians hide massive amounts of spending they call "off budget." They conveniently keep these funds out of public view. They pass laws to make these deceptive accounting practices perfectly legal - for themselves.

Say you file your income taxes this year with a stated income of $60,000. What does the IRS do when they audit you - and discover that you earned $20,000 a year "off budget?" Do they chalk this up to "normal accounting practices...just like governments do" - and let it slide? Or do they increase your tax bill, fine you, and throw you in the hoosegow?

Massachusetts state government alone spends at least $20 billion off-the-books - every year. Conservative estimates give us total off-the-books federal, state, and local government spending of at least $700 billion annually. Add this to the on-the-books spending, and you get government spending of $5.5 Trillion - every year !

But wait, there's more.

Big Government forces us to spend another $1.5 Trillion to $3 Trillion every year. This is the externalized cost of government, i.e., the amount that governments mandate businesses, non-profits, and citizens to spend to comply with government regulations. Examples include collecting payroll taxes, filing tax returns and complying with OSHA, Medicare, EPA, FDA, FTC, FEC, and USDA regulations (to name just a few).

Combined direct and mandated government spending may well exceed $7 Trillion - and rising - this year, next year, and every year!

$7 Trillion out of this year's total U.S. economy of approximately $12 Trillion.

Big Government in America is so huge it boggles the mind and numbs the senses.

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Keep these trillions in mind next time you hear someone question whether we can cut federal, state, and local government spending. We can cut trillions - every year - with many trillions to spare.

Not only can we cut Big Government, we must cut Big Government. It consumes very large portions of our wealth. It stands to consume much more of our wealth over the next few decades. Big Government is killing the American economy.

The good news is that not only can we easily afford to cut government spending. We will immediately benefit by cutting government spending.

Remember the 4th Iron Law of Big Government: Big Government Programs often hurt the very people they're intended to help. By cutting government down to size, we spare you and every other American from the pain and suffering caused by Big Government.

Plus we save you and your family thousands of dollars every year in unnecessary taxes. Each taxpayer in America will get back $10,000 - every year - if we end the federal income tax alone. Other federal, state, and local taxes can be cut as well when we end unnecessary and harmful spending - giving you back even more.

Plus removing Big Government regulations will end the unnecessary high prices you pay for the products and services you buy. Your money will buy more with less.

We have the power to end Big Government Programs that hurt us. If we stop voting for Big Government politicians - who make things worse - and only vote small government . If we vote for candidates who will shrink Big Government - rather than for politicians who expand it. Is this what you want? Do you want to move us in the direction of small government? Reduce rather than add to burgeoning Big Government spending, taxation, debt, assets, and liabilities? Take the Small Government Pledge today!