Nothing gets citizens as hot under the collar as how the government - any government - spends their hard earned money.
And nowhere in the world do voters voice their anger on federal financial foul-ups as vocally as in the good old US of A.
Results from a recent Reason-Rupe poll indicates that 76% of Americans believe that their government spends too much money.
This shouldn't come as a big surprise, given the fact the recession, ignited by the sub-prime scandal of 2008, is still biting into household budgets, right down to the bone.
Nobody could argue that running the world's most powerful country is easy - or cheap; it definitely isn't.
But how many successive politicians who have successfully persuaded the electorate that the economy would be safe in their hands have made good on their promise?
Today's infographic from Accounting-Degree.info exposes a brief history of America's fiscal fandangos.
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