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Federal Spending Has Always Been Wasteful

retiredfire Wrote: Feb 11, 2013 9:45 AM
Funny how this wasteful spending coincides with the advent of the income tax, begun as a way to pay for the WNO, discontinued after 1872, revived in 1895 until declared unconstitutional. Enter the 16th amendment and things wet down hill from there. As long as there was a source of, someone else's money, that politicians could use to buy votes, there is no restraint on use/misuse of the fruits of the citizen's labor.

A new article by Ivan Eland describes how wars have stimulated growth in the American welfare state. I was interested in his discussion regarding the overexpansion of pensions following the Civil War:

In 1879, the Arrears Act caused many veterans, who hadn’t realized they were disabled until the government offered $1,000 or more for finding aches and injuries, to flood the Bureau of Pensions with claims.  Although, according to its commissioner, the bureau was the largest executive bureau in the world, it had...