There is a hole in my logic here I need pointed out. Let's say Bob buys a something (Lenovo laptop?) made in China for $600. The retailer makes a few bucks, Amazon makes some, Fed Ex makes some. Lenovo of China makes some, the Chinese workers make some. Perhaps $50 of his $600 make it back to support the Chinese economy leaving the U.S. with $550 left to spend. Now lets say Bob's taxes go up $600 and corrupt government officials blows it evenly on legal marijuana, strippers and whores. Some pot farmer gets $200, some stripper gets $200, some whore gets $200. America still has $600 and hopefully Bob can get a used laptop from his mother. The tax increase has accomplished nothing. Sure we'd be better off paving a road, arming an aircraft carrier or building a football stadium but the dollars took another turn around our economy. What do I need to know or think about? What percentage of the average American's salary goes to "an enemy" economy vs what percentage of government spending does?