I am looking for information on US population growth as it relates to government spending. A lot of my conservative friends seem to think that we should not increase taxes AND cut spending. They feel we should only cut spending. I am certain the nation has expanded, by way of birth and immigration, both legal and illegal (illegal is a seperate topic and not what I am looking to dig into here) but don't know how much. Does anyone have any good charts/tables on this? My thought is that if the country has grown then the tax base is bigger and government spending should be greater as well. I always feel like folks are off when they try to argue against a tax increase. They way I see it is simple. We have been spending on wars and it is time to pay the bill.