The following excerpt (taken from the article “What to Cut: As Congress treats crises with new programs, government grows” written by Doug McKelway) indicate the depth of budget denial by those elected to represent the rest of us in Washington, D.C.
“Adjusted for inflation, federal spending has gone up from an average of $882 billion every year in the 1980s to $1.48 trillion a year in the ’90s to $2.44 trillion a year in the first decade of the 21st century. It’s estimated that the government will have spent as much in the first four years of the new decade as it did in all of the 1990s.”
“Nothing typifies the expansion of government like the growing wealth of the Washington, D.C., area. The region has few natural resources and little manufacturing base to produce wealth, yet seven of the nation’s 10 richest counties surround Washington.”
I guess we now know where the “wealthy” in the nation live — especially after the news of a $1 million bus stop in Arlington, Va.!