This year Americans will pay 3.9 percent more money in taxes than in essential costs, according to the Tax Foundation. The divide between tax collections and products, such as housing, food and clothing, began in 2000.
A steady increase has been shown since 2000, except in 2001 and 2007-2009 when there was an economic decline, according to the Tax Foundation. In a deeper look, the government had begun to share a great portion of money on living expenseswith programs like Medicare.
Between 1929 to 1980, expenditures began to close in as health care and transportation began to represent a greater need in the cost of living. Adding to the divide are transfer payments for specific items that were once .05 percent of the costs in 1929, which are now over 35 percent of al living expenditures, according to the Tax Foundation.