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The Federal Debt, Budget and Spending
Spending Factored by Population and Inflation

Reorder Data:  Growth in Spending  Spending vs. Population & GDP  Deficits & Debt  
The Constitutional Dollar's Value Today  


Year Total
Spending
($ millions)
Population
Growth
Inflation Factored
Spending
($ millions)
Spending in
Excess of
Factor
1789     -.9% .0
1790   3.6% 3.8%  
1791 4.3 3.5% 2.7%  
1792 5.1 3.4% 1.8% 4.5 13.1%
1793 4.5 3.3% 3.5% 5.4 -17.4%
1794 7.0 3.2% 10.9% 5.1 36.3%
1795 7.5 3.1% 14.4% 8.2 -8.5%
1796 5.7 3.0% 5.3% 8.2 -30.0%
1797 6.1 2.9% -3.8% 5.7 8.2%
1798 7.7 2.8% -3.3% 6.1 25.8%
1799 9.7 2.7% .0% 7.9 22.6%
1800 10.8 2.7% 2.0% 10.1 6.5%
1801 9.4 3.6% 1.3% 11.3 -17.1%
1802 7.9 3.5% -15.7% 8.2 -4.1%
1803 7.9 3.4% 5.4% 8.6 -8.4%
1804 8.7 3.3% 4.4% 8.5 3.0%
1805 10.5 3.2% -.7% 8.9 17.6%
1806 9.8 3.1% 4.3% 11.3 -13.2%
1807 8.4 3.0% -5.4% 9.5 -12.5%
1808 9.9 2.9% 8.6% 9.3 6.4%
1809 10.3 2.8% -2.0% 10.0 2.7%
1810 8.2 2.7% .0% 10.6 -22.8%
1811 8.1 3.3% 6.8% 9.0 -10.4%
1812 20.3 3.2% 1.3% 8.4 140.8%
1813 31.7 3.1% 20.0% 25.1 26.3%
1814 34.7 3.0% 9.9% 35.9 -3.2%
1815 32.7 2.9% -12.3% 31.3 4.4%
1816 30.6 2.8% -8.6% 30.7 -.5%
1817 21.8 2.8% -5.3% 29.8 -26.6%
1818 19.8 2.7% -4.4% 21.4 -7.6%
1819 21.5 2.6% .0% 20.3 5.5%
1820 18.3 2.6% -7.8% 20.3 -10.0%
1821 15.8 3.3% -3.5% 18.2 -13.1%
1822 15.0 3.2% 3.7% 16.9 -11.4%
1823 14.7 3.1% -10.6% 13.8 6.4%
1824 20.3 3.0% -7.9% 14.0 45.7%
1825 15.9 3.0% 2.6% 21.5 -26.1%
1826 17.0 2.9% .0% 16.3 4.4%
1827 16.1 2.8% .8% 17.7 -8.6%
1828 16.4 2.7% -5.0% 15.7 4.1%
1829 15.2 2.6% -1.8% 16.5 -8.0%
1830 15.1 2.6% -.9% 15.5 -2.0%
1831 15.2 3.3% -6.3% 14.7 4.1%
1832 17.3 3.2% -1.0% 15.6 11.0%
1833 23.0 3.1% -1.9% 17.5 31.7%
1834 18.6 3.0% 2.0% 24.2 -22.9%
1835 17.6 2.9% 2.9% 19.7 -10.9%
1836 30.9 2.8% 5.7% 19.1 61.7%
1837 37.2 2.7% 2.7% 32.6 14.4%
1838 33.9 2.7% -2.6% 37.2 -9.1%
1839 26.9 2.6% .0% 34.7 -22.6%
1840 24.3 2.5% -7.1% 25.6 -5.0%
1841 26.6 3.7% 1.0% 25.5 4.4%
1842 25.2 3.5% -6.7% 25.7 -1.8%
1843 11.9 3.4% -9.2% 23.7 -49.9%
1844 22.3 3.3% 1.1% 12.4 80.3%
1845 22.9 3.2% 1.1% 23.3 -1.6%
1846 27.8 3.1% 1.1% 23.9 16.1%
1847 57.3 3.0% 7.6% 30.8 86.1%
1848 45.4 2.9% -4.0% 56.6 -19.8%
1849 45.1 2.8% -3.2% 45.2 -.3%
1850 39.5 2.8% 2.2% 47.3 -16.4%
1851 47.7 3.5% -2.1% 40.0 19.1%
1852 44.2 3.4% 1.1% 49.8 -11.3%
1853 48.2 3.3% .0% 45.6 5.6%
1854 58.0 3.2% 8.6% 54.0 7.5%
1855 59.7 3.1% 3.0% 61.6 -3.0%
1856 69.6 3.0% -1.9% 60.4 15.3%
1857 67.8 2.9% 2.9% 73.7 -8.0%
1858 74.2 2.8% -5.7% 65.7 12.8%
1859 69.1 2.8% 1.0% 77.0 -10.3%
1860 63.1 2.7% .0% 70.9 -11.0%
1861 66.5 2.3% 6.0% 68.4 -2.8%
1862 475 2.2% 14.2% 77.6 511.5%
1863 715 2.2% 24.8% 605 18.1%
1864 865 2.1% 25.2% 914 -5.3%
1865 1,298 2.1% 3.7% 916 41.7%
1866 521 2.0% -2.6% 1,290 -59.6%
1867 258 2.0% -6.8% 495 -48.0%
1868 377 2.0% -3.9% 252 49.6%
1869 323 1.9% -4.1% 369 -12.5%
1870 310 2.0% -4.3% 315 -1.8%
1871 292 2.3% -6.4% 297 -1.5%
1872 278 2.6% .0% 300 -7.5%
1873 290 2.7% -2.0% 279 4.0%
1874 303 2.7% -4.9% 284 6.7%
1875 275 2.7% -3.7% 299 -8.3%
1876 265 2.7% -2.3% 276 -3.8%
1877 241 2.7% -2.3% 266 -9.2%
1878 237 2.7% -4.8% 236 .4%
1879 267 2.7% .0% 243 9.7%
1880 268 2.6% 2.5% 281 -4.7%
1881 261 2.3% .0% 274 -4.8%
1882 258 2.3% .0% 267 -3.3%
1883 265 2.3% -1.6% 260 2.2%
1884 244 2.3% -2.5% 265 -7.8%
1885 260 2.3% -1.7% 245 6.0%
1886 242 2.2% -2.6% 259 -6.4%
1887 268 2.2% .9% 250 7.1%
1888 268 2.2% .0% 274 -2.2%
1889 299 2.2% -2.6% 267 12.3%
1890 318 2.2% -1.8% 300 5.9%
1891 366 2.0% .0% 324 12.8%
1892 345 1.9% .0% 373 -7.5%
1893 383 1.9% -.9% 348 10.0%
1894 368 1.9% -4.6% 373 -1.4%
1895 356 1.9% -1.9% 367 -3.0%
1896 352 1.9% .0% 363 -3.0%
1897 366 1.9% -1.0% 355 2.9%
1898 443 1.9% .0% 373 19.0%
1899 605 1.9% .0% 452 34.0%
1900 521 2.7% 1.0% 627 -17.0%
1901 525 1.8% 1.1% 536 -2.0%
1902 485 1.7% .0% 534 -9.2%
1903 517 2.4% .0% 497 4.1%
1904 584 2.1% .0% 528 10.6%
1905 567 2.0% .0% 595 -4.8%
1906 570 1.9% .0% 578 -1.4%
1907 579 1.9% .0% 581 -.3%
1908 659 1.9% .0% 590 11.7%
1909 694 1.8% .0% 671 3.4%
1910 694 1.7% .0% 706 -1.7%
1911 691 1.5% .0% 705 -1.9%
1912 690 1.5% 20.0% 842 -18.0%
1913 715 1.5% -3.3% 677 5.6%
1914 726 1.5% 1.7% 738 -1.6%
1915 746 1.4% .0% 736 1.3%
1916 713 1.4% 8.5% 821 -13.1%
1917 1,954 1.4% 17.2% 847 130.6%
1918 12,677 1.4% 17.3% 2,324 445.4%
1919 18,493 1.4% 14.8% 14,749 25.4%
1920 6,358 1.5% 15.8% 21,737 -70.8%
1921 5,062 1.6% -10.3% 5,795 -12.7%
1922 3,289 1.5% -6.7% 4,797 -31.4%
1923 3,140 1.5% 2.0% 3,407 -7.8%
1924 2,908 1.5% .0% 3,187 -8.8%
1925 2,924 2.3% 2.0% 3,035 -3.7%
1926 2,930 .6% 2.0% 2,999 -2.3%
1927 2,857 1.4% -1.9% 2,915 -2.0%
1928 2,961 1.4% -2.0% 2,840 4.2%
1929 3,127 1.7% .0% 3,011 3.9%
1930 3,320 1.1% -2.0% 3,097 7.2%
1931 3,577 .8% -9.2% 3,039 17.7%
1932 4,659 .6% -10.1% 3,236 44.0%
1933 4,598 .6% -5.0% 4,452 3.3%
1934 6,541 .6% 2.6% 4,749 37.7%
1935 6,412 .7% 2.6% 6,755 -5.1%
1936 8,228 .6% 1.3% 6,534 25.9%
1937 7,580 .6% 3.7% 8,585 -11.7%
1938 6,840 .8% -1.2% 7,548 -9.4%
1939 9,141 .8% -2.4% 6,730 35.8%
1940 9,468 .8% 1.2% 9,331 1.5%
1941 13,653 1.0% 4.9% 10,026 36.2%
1942 35,137 1.1% 10.5% 15,247 130.5%
1943 78,555 1.4% 6.3% 37,877 107.4%
1944 91,304 1.2% 2.0% 81,082 12.6%
1945 92,712 1.1% 1.9% 94,107 -1.5%
1946 55,232 1.0% 8.6% 101,709 -45.7%
1947 34,496 1.9% 14.9% 64,697 -46.7%
1948 29,764 1.7% 7.6% 37,775 -21.2%
1949 38,835 1.7% -1.4% 29,854 30.1%
1950 42,562 1.7% 1.4% 40,053 6.3%
1951 45,514 1.7% 7.8% 46,670 -2.5%
1952 67,686 1.7% 2.0% 47,215 43.4%
1953 76,101 1.7% .6% 69,256 9.9%
1954 70,855 1.8% .6% 77,945 -9.1%
1955 68,444 1.8% .0% 72,113 -5.1%
1956 70,640 1.8% 1.3% 70,552 .1%
1957 76,578 1.8% 3.1% 74,184 3.2%
1958 82,405 1.7% 3.0% 80,234 2.7%
1959 92,098 1.7% .6% 84,288 9.3%
1960 92,191 2.1% 1.8% 95,675 -3.6%
1961 97,723 1.6% 1.2% 94,795 3.1%
1962 106,821 1.5% 1.1% 100,372 6.4%
1963 111,316 1.5% 1.1% 109,597 1.6%
1964 118,528 1.4% 1.1% 114,121 3.9%
1965 118,228 1.3% 1.7% 122,011 -3.1%
1966 134,532 1.2% 3.3% 123,498 8.9%
1967 157,464 1.1% 2.6% 139,585 12.8%
1968 178,134 1.0% 4.6% 166,383 7.1%
1969 183,640 1.0% 5.4% 189,601 -3.1%
1970 195,649 1.2% 5.6% 196,139 -.2%
1971 210,172 1.3% 4.4% 206,860 1.6%
1972 230,681 1.1% 3.4% 219,602 5.0%
1973 245,707 1.0% 6.1% 247,153 -.6%
1974 269,359 .9% 11.2% 275,638 -2.3%
1975 332,332 1.0% 9.0% 296,452 12.1%
1976 371,792 1.0% 5.7% 354,746 4.8%
1977 409,218 1.0% 6.6% 400,360 2.2%
1978 458,746 1.1% 7.6% 445,021 3.1%
1979 504,032 1.1% 11.3% 516,066 -2.3%
1980 590,947 1.2% 13.2% 577,055 2.4%
1981 678,249 1.0% 10.6% 660,132 2.7%
1982 745,755 1.0% 6.2% 727,249 2.5%
1983 808,385 .9% 3.2% 776,557 4.1%
1984 851,874 .9% 4.3% 850,485 .2%
1985 946,422 .9% 3.6% 890,600 6.3%
1986 990,460 .9% 1.7% 971,752 1.9%
1987 1,004,083 .9% 3.7% 1,036,803 -3.2%
1988 1,064,481 .9% 4.1% 1,054,456 1.0%
1989 1,143,829 .9% 4.9% 1,127,277 1.5%
1990 1,253,130 1.0% 5.4% 1,217,718 2.9%
1991 1,324,331 1.1% 4.2% 1,319,902 .3%
1992 1,381,649 1.1% 3.0% 1,379,177 .2%
1993 1,409,522 1.1% 3.0% 1,439,235 -2.1%
1994 1,461,907 .4% 2.5% 1,450,586 .8%
1995 1,515,884 .3% 2.9% 1,508,679 .5%
1996 1,560,608 .6% 2.9% 1,569,821 -.6%
1997 1,601,307 .6% 2.3% 1,606,228 -.3%
1998 1,652,685 .6% 1.6% 1,636,921 1.0%
1999 1,702,035 .6% 2.2% 1,699,421 .2%
2000 1,789,216 5.5% 3.4% 1,856,748 -3.6%
2001 1,863,190 1.4% 2.8% 1,864,179 -.1%
2002 2,011,153 1.0% 1.6% 1,912,246 5.2%
2003 2,160,117 .6% 2.3% 2,070,690 4.3%
2004 2,293,006 1.0% 2.7% 2,239,140 2.4%
2005 2,471,971 .9% 3.4% 2,393,461 3.3%
2006 2,655,057 1.0% 3.2% 2,575,749 3.1%
2007 2,728,702 1.0% 2.9% 2,756,686 -1.0%
2008 2,982,554 1.0% 3.9% 2,861,491 4.2%
2009 3,517,681 1.0% -.4% 2,999,760 17.3%
2010 3,456,213 .5% 1.6% 3,591,803 -3.8%
2011 3,818,819 .7% 3.2% 3,593,550 6.3%
2012 3,728,686 .8% 2.8% 3,955,202 -5.7%
2013 3,803,367 .7% 3.0% 3,869,345 -1.7%
2014 4,161,230 .7% 2.0% 3,908,529 6.5%
2015 (est.) 4,385,531 .8% 1.0% 4,234,366 3.6%

This is a simplistic exercise to examine how much more the government spends than it should if the only upward force on spending were population growth and inflation. The "Factored Spending" column shows the previous year's outlay factored (usually upward) by these two growth parameters. The "Spending in Excess" column shows the percentage by which government spending grew faster than the combined effects of population and inflation. Ignoring wars, that percentage represents the expansion of program baselines, and waste. Off-budget (Social Security, etc.) commitments are not included in the comparison.
The primary sources for budget and spending information are the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Office of Management and Budget.
Data marked '(est.)' are official projections, usually fairly optimistic.


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