December 4, 2007 12:22PM

Independence in 1776 to Dependence on 1776

I recently updated data I presented last year on the total number of federal subsidy programs.

It turns out that the federal government currently operates 1,776 subsidy programs. These include subsidies for states, cities, individuals, non‐​profit groups, and businesses.

As the chart shows, the number of subsidy programs has increased 25 percent since 2000. 

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George W. Bush: He’s no Thomas Jefferson.