Monday, August 31, 2015

No One Knows How Big The Federal Government Is--Not Even The Federal Government

By Kerry Jackson, Aug 28, 2015 Investros

When no one knows how big something is — especially when those running it don't know — that something is too big. Could we be talking about the federal government here? Well, of course we are. Is there anything bigger known to man? If the entire federal apparatus were put under one roof, it would be visible from outer space. Aliens would come from galaxies all around just to see what that mysterious bulge on Earth actually is. Once they figured it out, they would know exactly why the affairs of the U.S. are in such disarray.

In the current (2016) fiscal year, Washington will spend almost $4 trillion earned by other people. It's a figure easily found.

But how many agencies are in the federal government? Clyde Wayne Crews of the Competitive Enterprise Institute says that nobody knows.

Are there just 60, as one federal publication says? Or more than five times that many? Could the true number be somewhere in the middle? Or is it much higher than anyone would ever imagine?

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