According to this post on Common Dreams, the average American family gives big business $6000 a year...
That's over and above our payments to the big companies for energy and food and housing and health care and all our tech devices. It's $6,000 that no family would have to pay if we truly lived in a competitive but well-regulated free-market economy.
The $6,000 figure is an average, which means that low-income families are paying less. But it also means that families (households) making over $72,000 are paying more than $6,000 to the corporations.
The author of the post, Paul Buchheit, then dismantles this astounding figure into seven parts, the largest one of which is $1,268 for "overpriced medications." What this really means is that the $6000 the average family sends to local this and national that does not come back to the public but instead ends in private pockets. All it takes to make this figure wholly believable is just one drop of history.