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Death and Taxes: 2007

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: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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Helghast66's avatar…
This art has been officially debunked by the above link.
davidbarcomb's avatar
Brilliant work. Thank you
japanass's avatar
thx for all the work and sharing it.
a shame to see how the numbers has changed from 2003 to 2007; 632 billion dollar???
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A-TheSigner's avatar
the link to thebudgetgraph leads to a site wich i think is not the right one, can u fix it?
vilerage's avatar
Very Educational. Hmmmm...
Ajzimmerman's avatar
All the health care for the sub par. :)
yparah's avatar
nice one! Great work!
TotrueTufaar's avatar
*Begins cursing*
Pedram's avatar
nomusicbox's avatar
ahah, it's so real
good job!
MenosKeTiago's avatar
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's avatar
how long did it take you to make this?
TPSDude's avatar
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's avatar
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's avatar
Oh. So both of you are idiots.
Well, you don't know what an oligarchy is.

kamonbishop's avatar
This is simply amazing. I'm going to buy one for my Consumer Math class... It's that good.
NeoWarriorCat's avatar
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's avatar
Excellent work. I'd like to make one for my own country but I don't have the patience.
silverwings42's avatar
now THAT is a piece of work. thanks for sharing.
LauraJeanZ's avatar
Wow this is very informative and looks great too! It is unbelievable. :( It is hard to imagine that.
Carnaugh's avatar
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's avatar
Liberals: Fuck 'em.
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