That stat comes from The Heritage Foundation. What?! Yes, the Heritage Foundation.
- Federal spending reached $2.157 trillion in 2003, with a budget deficit of $374 billion.
- In 2003, inflation-adjusted federal spending topped $20,000 per household for the first time since World War II.
- Overall for 2003, the federal government spent $20,300 per household, taxed $16,780 per household, and ran a budget deficit of $3,520 per household.