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Startling Facts About the Government that Made Me Feel Good

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Published on Mar 4, 2016

The Federal Government burns through a lot of cash, but while it seems to me like most of that cash must go to the military, in fact most of it goes to making people's lives better and helping them live healthier, longer lives.

SOME STATS
FEDERAL EMPLOYEES
Federal government, non military - 2.7 million
Of those, more than 600,000 are postal service
Around 95,000 work for the IRS
Federal Government Contractors - Between 5 and 7 million (different ways of figuring this out yield very different numbers)
Uniformed military - 1.4 million

LOCAL AND STATE EMPLOYEES
Local government, non-edu - More than 7 million (hard to keep track of.)
Local EDU govt employees - More than 7 million.

BUDGETS
Federal government moneys not spent on social service - 1.1 trillion
Local government spending - 1.8 trillion
Local government spending on EDU - 620B

Overall Government employment
12 Million or roughly 4% of Americans
Including contractors it's around 18 million, or 6%
The government's budget is around 24% of GDP


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