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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.

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and don't forget to check out the website... www.TheBudgetGraph.com

also, for those who are interested in Social security, Medicare, Unemployment, and all that other spending...
i made a graphic just for you
:peace:
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:iconlaurajeanz:
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.
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:iconcarnaugh:
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
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:iconajzimmerman:
Ajzimmerman Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
+1
Liberals: Fuck 'em.
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:iconmibi:
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.
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:iconcarnaugh:
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.
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:iconcarnaugh:
Carnaugh Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2007
Erm, correction, UAVs, not AUVs.
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:iconkatterrena:
Katterrena Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2007   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!
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:iconcommissar-nappy:
Commissar-Nappy Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2007
wow this looks tedious....
absolutely fantastic work!
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:iconmonicah:
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:
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:iconvicarious247:
Vicarious247 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007
we fund egypt?

learn something new every day
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Ahmedqatar Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2007
Nice artwork !!
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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.
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:iconmibi:
mibi Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007
heh... an inset is exactly what ill be doing for the 2008 poster... something like this [link]
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:iconzilla774:
zilla774 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
thats some awesome hardwork that's gone into that. Gotta be impressed. Well done :)
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:iconakyra:
akyra Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2006
holy guacamole, batman.

good work with that.
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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 thebudgetgraph.com from an add at this site. Awesome piece of work I must say.
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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!
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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!
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:iconmibi:
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..
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:icontoo-unoriginal:
too-unoriginal Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2006
Oh man! That's pretty hardcore!

:salute: I salute you sir. Keep fighting the good fight!
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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.
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:iconajzimmerman:
Ajzimmerman Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
huh?
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:iconbraxton-t-rutledge:
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.
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lihuyt Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2006  Professional General Artist
I have been on your website: thebudgetgraph.com 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:
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:iconmibi:
mibi Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2006
thanks!.... tell your teacher there is a discount for educators on the website.
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:iconlihuyt:
lihuyt Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2006  Professional General Artist
I will :)
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:iconlaethian:
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:
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:iconcl-it:
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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:iconftpaddict:
ftpaddict Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2006
Jeeperz, I'd buy this but I don't have a credit card.
It's just so awesome! :+fav:
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Chimeara- Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
It is very informative, even as a non-US citizen i found it interesting.
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:iconarco717:
Arco717 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2006
This is an excellent work. dA needs more stuff like this, not just fanart and junk. Very informative.
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:iconjreedc243:
JReedC243 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
damn it all to hell. and to think people starve to death but yet we still live in this pro-life country that spends more money on killing other human beings than we do to save anyone. what the fuck?
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:iconapplestabber:
applestabber Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2006
i know right.
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:iconajzimmerman:
Ajzimmerman Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
Yes, we should give out our money to Other people!
Because they're too subhuman to make a great country like the white man! :D
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:iconjreedc243:
JReedC243 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
eh?
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:iconapplestabber:
applestabber Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2006
i dont know
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:iconjreedc243:
JReedC243 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
oh ok
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:iconosmiumimages:
OSMiUMimages Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
God bless America.
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WmBCrawford Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Outstanding job!
Easy reading....at least graphics wise.
Just outstanding.

I am going to show this to my friends.

Easy fave.
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:iconn0deal:
n0deal Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now that is commitment to a project. Nicely done again. :)
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:iconmibi:
mibi Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2006
much appreciated lars
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:iconsilentkitty:
silentkitty Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
:clap:

Thanks again for this, some great info here... I can't imagine the patience that went into putting this together. I'm especially enjoying the up/down percentages next to each item, it's interesting to see what's having more/less spent on it as time passes.
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:iconzulu-eos:
zulu-eos Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Son of a bitch.
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2006  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:O_o: Wow......never knew. :+fav:

EXTREMELY thorough and user-friendly, by the way - you should get an award! :D
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:iconlilith-darkmoon:
lilith-darkmoon Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
It was good the first time, it's even better the next!
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thadjudkins Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2006
Wow, that's almost as interesting as the whole other picture! We pay more in unemployment than the entire non-military discretionary budget and more on medicare/medicaid than the entire military for example. Amazing stuff!

/thad
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:iconajzimmerman:
Ajzimmerman Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
Yeah!
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:iconmibi:
mibi Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2006
yes all large amounts of money... however the benefits of many of the entitlement programs are easily realized... medicare? 41 million people insured... unemployment? millions of people havent lost thier houses. but the military... the benefits from that large mass of bucks is less clear.... freedom for iraqi? ... um... id rather have my 100 billion back.
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:iconajzimmerman:
Ajzimmerman Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
I'd rather have my 400 billion back from Obama!
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:iconthadjudkins:
thadjudkins Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2006
Crap, my question didn't appear! OK, basically, based on your center circle it appears that our tax spending is broken into 2 categories, one amount that can get voted on and one that can't (mandatory). You've detailed the first, but just how big is that second portion? I'd imagine that with medicare and SS in it that it can't be small. Any idea? Might be cool to show as a semi-transparent layer in the background (since its not the focus of this) as a single proportionate circle just to show how much of the budget is voted on vs. not.

Thanks

/thad
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