# I Don't Understand Why Printing Money = Inflation

In FY 2012 alone, almost $800 billion was spent on about 100 separate programs sponsored by different departments and agencies of the federal government to fight poverty: http://budget.house.gov/waronpoverty/ The total federal budget for that year was a little over$3.5 trillion:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_United_States_federal_budget

Since 1965, the total amount spent has been estimated at anywhere from $15 trillion to$22 trillion. By any measure, that's a lot of money.

By way of contrast, the 400 richest Americans on the Forbes 400 list have a combined net worth of \$2.34 trillion: