Its charts like this that leave me dumbfounded. Do we really need the federal government to take our money in order to just give it back to the local governments? How much is lost in overhead in this process? How much is just plain lost? How much would be saved if the local governments collected it directly (assuming that these are not things that could just be cut)
You know the only good thing about this graph? That little dip from 1980-1985 when spending actually went down.