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Death and Taxes: 2007 by mibi Death and Taxes: 2007 by mibi
:pointr:Full view is absolutely necessary!:pointl:

:bulletred::bulletred::bulletred::spotlight-left:Finally! Death and Taxes: 2007 is released! :spotlight-right::bulletred::bulletred::bulletred:

What started on DeviantART 2 years ago has turned into a monolith of data. I hope you can put it to good use.

This is the federal discretionary budget. Your federal income taxes at work. You paid for part of everything in this graph whether you like it or not.

Tips on reading this graph
:bulletblue: The file is 2 megs so it might be slow loading. Another viewer is here [link]
:bulletblue: Read the center circle first.
:bulletblue: The graph is split into military funding on the right side and non-military funding on the left side, unless otherwise noted
:bulletblue: The departments on the left side are in loose clockwise alphabetical order, e.g. Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Energy...etc.
:bulletblue: Don't forget about the national debt! Its the circle so big it doesn't even fit in the box.


and don't forget to check out the website...

also, for those who are interested in Social security, Medicare, Unemployment, and all that other spending...
i made a graphic just for you
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DubaiBunniesUAE Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2017
Helghast66 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017…
This art has been officially debunked by the above link.
davidbarcomb Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
Brilliant work. Thank you
japanass Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
thx for all the work and sharing it.
a shame to see how the numbers has changed from 2003 to 2007; 632 billion dollar???
Fan-tastic Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010
A-TheSigner Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
the link to thebudgetgraph leads to a site wich i think is not the right one, can u fix it?
vilerage Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009
Very Educational. Hmmmm...
Ajzimmerman Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
All the health care for the sub par. :)
yparah Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007
nice one! Great work!
TotrueTufaar Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007
*Begins cursing*
Pedram Featured By Owner May 28, 2007
nomusicbox Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2007
ahah, it's so real
good job!
MenosKeTiago Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
If I would do this for Portugal I could make i t even larger LOL considering the sheer size of US the multiplication of fundings doesn't suprise me, what suprises me is the obvious graphicaly viewable majority of "National Defense" funding... that's fear for you :p
ducktapegirl Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2007
how long did it take you to make this?
TPSDude Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007   Traditional Artist
wow, i need to buy the print for this thing, it's people like you that make complicated halfwit politics simple, great work. *claps*
HeliosFive Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, just posted in the thread for last years version of this ah anyway. Great work! Haven't had time to rifle through all this text, anyway have you noted that a large part of the national debt is also because of military spendings.

My opinion on the military then, brace yourselves here comes opinions; A strong military is needed for a superpower like the US but it has grown vastly out of proportion to need. The problem with such a monstrous military funding is that what we have here is what dear old Eisenhower called a military industrial complex, which means that you cannot lower military spending because that would mean that people lose jobs, and the economy would suffer because of it as well as making people unhappy so that politicians lose votes. So we have a nation dependent on their military to support their economy. Russia has already fallen into that sinkhole and so has the US.

Much of the military spending of the US are spent on mostly useless Hi-tech hardware. When most of the potential enemies of the US have weaponry that couldn't even hope to glance the armour of a US Apache/ M1A2 Abrams , etc why do the US need to invest in even more hi tech things? China is so economically involved in the US that a war is economically impossible. North Korea may have a large army but their tech is subpar. Still the US invests in useless hardware like Hi Tech submarines and jet fighters (like the F-22) even though current hardware is quite enough to do the job.

I would not be so biased that I would say that this caused the Iraq war, but there is a saying.
''If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.''

The US has a military addiction, which worries me because when America goes ill it affects all of us.

Well that's my 5 cent.

The US is definitely better than China, Russia and other totalitarian states but the US aims to be a democracy and a state to look up to unlike other oligarchys. It's difficult to improve if you aren't aware of your shortcomings. I criticise USA because I care for her, not because I hate her.

This was copy pasted from a post in last years version of this.
Ajzimmerman Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
Oh. So both of you are idiots.
Well, you don't know what an oligarchy is.

kamonbishop Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007   Interface Designer
This is simply amazing. I'm going to buy one for my Consumer Math class... It's that good.
NeoWarriorCat Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007
How much hell did you go through rifling through government documents for this information? =p

It's interesting but sadly.. it's just too damn big to take it all in at once!
mellow-d Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2007  Hobbyist Artist
Excellent work. I'd like to make one for my own country but I don't have the patience.
silverwings42 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007  Hobbyist Artist
now THAT is a piece of work. thanks for sharing.
LauraJeanZ Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2007
Wow this is very informative and looks great too! It is unbelievable. :( It is hard to imagine that.
Carnaugh Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2007
You did a good job on this, real thorough.
I would like to respond, however, to those who look upon this and feel disgusted about the amount we put into our military.

I would argue the following points.
1. A great amount of money is spent the development/production of weaponry designed to cause as little collateral damage and civilian death as possible.
2. We develop ways to protect ourselves from enemies more then we do to destroy them. This also includes technology that keeps out soldiers out of harm, such as AUVs.
3. Many of the contracts offered by the government are to domestic companies. This means that a chunk of those tax dollars are being put back into the economy.
4. Our soldiers are being paid for their service. This is in the form of monetary compensation and benefits. These include, but not limited to; health care via Veteran’s Affairs and Education tuition.

Believe what you will about how our resources are allocated, but I often am reminded of “Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum” or "if you want peace prepare for war" - Vegetius
Ajzimmerman Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
Liberals: Fuck 'em.
mibi Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007
All very good points. Although the US's inability to sign the landmine ban treaty and the production and use of cluster bombs do not agree with point 1.
Carnaugh Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007
Although it is true that we have not joined that treaty, I would point out the following quote;

"The US has not, to our knowledge, used antipersonnel mines since the Gulf War in 1991. It has prohibited export of all antipersonnel mines since 1992. It has not produced antipersonnel mines since 1997. It has destroyed some 3.3 million stockpiled “dumb” antipersonnel mines. The US military does not maintain minefields anywhere in the world, having cleared its minefields in Cuba in 1999. And, of course, it is a world leader in providing funds for the mine clearance and survivor assistance. However, both the Clinton and Bush administrations have lacked the political will to join the Mine Ban Treaty. " -[link]

The use of landmines in war has its tactical advantages; of course they are also a liability, though technology has allowed the development of smarter mines that deactivate/self-destruct in order to prevent unaccounted-for ordinance. Of course, as with everything, there are flukes from time to time.

From what I've read, they have been instrumental in deterring North Korea from invading South Korea. It was one of Clinton's major reasoning behind not joining the treaty.

It can be argued whether or not the tactical advantage of mines is worth the risk, but at least we make an effort to use/develop weaponry that is less dangerous to civilians.
Carnaugh Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2007
Erm, correction, UAVs, not AUVs.
Katterrena Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! I thought this was amazing when I found it on the web but it is nice to have a dA version that I can fave.

You totally need to be commended for the amount of work that you had to have put into this. It is an astounding visual!
Commissar-Nappy Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2007
wow this looks tedious....
absolutely fantastic work!
monicaH Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2007
I just have to say, brilliant job of this massive visual representation of America's budget, Jesse Bachman! :clap:
Vicarious247 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007
we fund egypt?

learn something new every day
Ahmedqatar Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2007  Hobbyist Artist
Nice artwork !!
vectorcide Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2007
I would really like to encourage you to include Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment, etc within the main graph. I understand your reasons for not including them, but I think this would give the viewer a better perspective on our nations spending as a whole, of which the "budget" is only a part of. After all, it doesn't matter if its budget spending or entitlement spending, it still my dollar and it would be interesting to see it visulised within the same graph.

Even an inset in one of the corners, showing how the budget spending relates to the globes of entitlement spending would be very cool.
mibi Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007
heh... an inset is exactly what ill be doing for the 2008 poster... something like this [link]
zilla774 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
thats some awesome hardwork that's gone into that. Gotta be impressed. Well done :)
akyra Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2006
holy guacamole, batman.

good work with that.
goku87 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006
I'm surprised there aren't more comments on this than there really are. I think I found the link to from an add at this site. Awesome piece of work I must say.
dancewiththesky Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006
I knew the Mubarak regime ranked the second in the military aid after Israel but I never looked up the actual numbers.. Keep the great work up!
too-unoriginal Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2006
This is absolutely fascinating! I'm completely floored at 1)the amount of effort put into this project, and 2)the amount of information put into this project, and 3)how aaaaall of this information is layed out in a manner that doesn't make the page look cluttered.

Man. This is too amazing! I'm going to send an email to my political science teacher with a link to your site. I bet he'd be more than interested in this poster. :nod:

Again, this is amazing! Fantastic work!
mibi Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2006
thanks!... yeah.. it took me a long time to complete this project... and i get to do it all over again for the 2008 budget..
too-unoriginal Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2006
Oh man! That's pretty hardcore!

:salute: I salute you sir. Keep fighting the good fight!
TucanaTheToucan Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This will inform a lot of people about how we spend our budget. If this deviation falls into the wrong hands, the enemies of diverse human life will massacre all who oppose them.
Ajzimmerman Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
Braxton-T-Rutledge Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2006
I find it interesting. One of the more sure signs of an overextended nation is the ratio of military and economic spending. Generally if you spend more than 20 percent of your nations income on the military during anytime short of a war for the survival of said nation, you're in trouble.
lihuyt Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2006  Professional General Artist
I have been on your website: just a moment ago, and I must say that I give you all the respect I have for making this... tomorrow I am going to show it to my teacher tomorrow, and maybe take a couple of hours looking at it and maybe buy the poster for the school...
Cya :respect: :manhug:
mibi Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2006
thanks!.... tell your teacher there is a discount for educators on the website.
lihuyt Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2006  Professional General Artist
I will :)
laethian Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2006
Exceptional document! This should be a DD. As a citizen of the world i shake in front of this display which goes straighter to the thruth than any political discourse.
:thumbsup: :clap:
CL-IT Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2006
This is getting a fav. It most have been a mammoth task putting this together.

(If I ever find some wooly elephants about the place, I'll call on your expertise!)
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