The rise of means-testing, in one infographic

In 1972, the federal government spent $55 billion -- and, yes, that's adjusted for inflation -- on means-tested programs and tax credits. In 2012, it spent $588 billion. And by 2023, it's expected to spend $877 billion. This fun fact and many more can be found via the Congressional Budget Office's latest foray into the infographics game:

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Suzy Khimm · February 19, 2013