Follow the Money

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Where Washington gets it, how Washington spends it.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he coronavirus pandemic is a genuine emergency, one of the few occasions when there are things that simply must be done even at very high cost. But even when “What’s this all going to cost?” isn’t the first question, or even the second, it still needs to be about No. 3 or No. 4. Scarcity is real, and reality is not optional.

One way of getting some context for the federal government’s financial footprint is cost per household. Here, I’ll rely on pre-pandemic figures, from 2019.

The money the federal government raises from the federal income tax is about $28,000 per household


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