The Commonwealth Foundation -- an unabashedly conservative group -- has a study out that finds the cost of government is now 61% of our national income.
Read the article (and find the link to the actual report) at the Commonwealth Foundation's blog.
As with a study from any partisan group, take the study with a grain of salt, but it is worth reviewing. Even if the numbers are inflated, there is no doubt that the cost of government has been rising for some time, and is continuing to rise.
It is tough to call for smaller government during a recession when more people find themselves in need of government services, but it is important to remember that we the people are paying for the government out of our pockets.
Every dollar spent by the government is coming from the people, so at some point it is worth asking how much we can really afford.
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