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I crunched the numbers on the U.S. government. Here’s what I learned

I’M A NUMBERS GUY. THEY’RE HOW I UNDERSTAND THE WORLD—what’s good and what’s bad, what’s working and what isn’t. After I stepped down as CEO of Microsoft and began getting more involved in philanthropy and civic advocacy with my wife, Connie, I realized that I had very little sense of the numbers behind the U.S. government. When I went searching

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