The Washington PostDemocracy Dies in Darkness

In 2010, the federal government spent 3.457 trillion dollars. In 2013, it will spend 3.455 trillion.

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Is the federal government getting any smaller? Not really.

As the Post's David Fahrenthold notes in a terrific piece today, even though Congress and the White House have been through six budget showdowns over two and a half years, little has changed.

The government is on track to spend $3.455 trillion in 2013, which is down ever so slightly from the $3.457 trillion it spent in 2010. The federal government employs 4.1 million people, a population that would make it larger than 24 states.

Check out Dave tell the story in an "In Play" video below.