And why must we convince ourselves of the necessity of spending the time and money essential to showing the citizens of this country what is happening to them. Let us set out a few facts that may tell the story. The Census Bureau as of July, 1949, revealed that there were 5,418,000 government employees — ^federal, state, and local. On of every 11 employed people in this nation was on a government payroll, the total of which is equal to $8.00 a month for every man, woman, and child in the United States.
For the calendar year 1948, the tax revenue collected by the federal, state, and local governments was equivalent to the total wages and salaries of 40% of the total number employed in non government occupations in this country. The 1948 receipts of the Federal Government alone amounted to an average of $1,073 for every family in the United States. The range was from $583 per family in the West South Central States to $1,555 per family in the Middle Atlantic States.