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Death and Taxes: 2008 by mibi Death and Taxes: 2008 by mibi
:target: Warning! Full view is large... very large.

It all started three years ago on deviantART. [link]

A project to bring the federal budget to the people that pay for it.

Gaining momentum on deviantART [link] and then blossoming worldwide, Death and Taxes: 2008 is culmination of months of work and years of refinement.

It is the 2008 Federal discretionary budget of the United States. is a representational poster of the federal discretionary budget; the amount of money that is spent at the discretion of your elected representatives in Congress. Basically, your federal income taxes. The data is from the President's budget request for 2008. It will be debated, amended, and approved by Congress by October 1st to begin the fiscal year.

The poster provides a uniquely revealing look at our national priorities, that fluctuate yearly, according to the wishes of the President, the power of Congress, and the will of the people. If you pay taxes, then you have paid for a small part of everything in the poster.

So now you know what you've paid for, the next question to ask, is why?

:target: Spread the word! This is a poster of your near future!

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fenrislurks Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
So how about I get to buy the work from the artist and then the great work continue?
TheWanderingWonderer Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Makes for a good laugh, and then a good cry.
Aldarondil Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
Pffhh. Say hello to community, which steals dA's transfer and your pageviews by linking directly to the image...

Sometimes I feel ashamed for my countrymen. :/
holayutasan Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008  Student Writer
Absolutely spectacular.
robertmy Featured By Owner May 18, 2008
It looks like the site [link] is down. Is that just me or is everyone seeing that? I noticed on your site that you used photoshop to produce this wonderful image. It seems like Inkscape or other vector tool would be better suited to produce it.
BuckleyTypographics Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008  Professional Digital Artist

If as you say, "If you pay taxes, then you have paid for a small part of everything in the poster." Then have I not already paid for this poster?

Can you send me one?
brennanduffy Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008
incredible work, simply outstanding!
dominikx10 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
wues Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007   Photographer
Spending 67% od budget for military - this have to be USA :)
NeoApocalypse Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007
Love it. Absolutly amazing

Very educating, yet sad and sick
DISENT Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
America really doesn't play around does it? it wants to keep the power & security it has & will do anything achieve this. When you look at it from that point of view, ensuring your cultures own survival, it isn't really that bad of a thing is it?...but then again thats what Hitler wanted to do too.

awesome work mate, thanks for putting this together, it is really interesting :)
Kirin-Rosenbaum Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007  Student Photographer
THis is amazing.
mothnode Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
This is a huge monument of design :)
delbosque54 Featured By Owner May 26, 2007
dude! this is like the coolest work I've ever seen, they should put this on the text books
cid Featured By Owner May 19, 2007
That's an incredible work, I'm really impressed. I assume you have done a lot of research to realise that.
CapricornDoll Featured By Owner May 11, 2007
Very well done... It's good to have a reference. <3
Threyon Featured By Owner May 4, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Oooh, the new one's out! Awesome.
KaiserTwig Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
I've spotted an error. The line for Navy/Marines has the Marine budget change at +38%, but the number is in red, instead of green. Is this a typo, or an incorrect coloring?
mibi Featured By Owner May 4, 2007
good eye, its the wrong color, but its fixed now.
KaiserTwig Featured By Owner May 4, 2007
Awesome!! I know you sell these posters; I'd hate to see you ship them with a typo.

BTW - Do I get a free poster for catching the error? :lmao:
mibi Featured By Owner May 6, 2007
you would be amazed how many editors look at each version, and every time, something always slips through. and no you don't get a free poster, but proof tthe 2009 version next year wand you will.
KaiserTwig Featured By Owner May 6, 2007
Sounds like a winner. Keep me in mind :)
Rabenkraehe Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
Amazing, professional quality illustration with a pretty depressing message! Try to find the education budget ... :+fav:
korenna Featured By Owner May 1, 2007   Writer
Wonderful! Thank you, very informative...
darkdoomer Featured By Owner May 1, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Intelligence Budget $45 billion ...

ಠ_ಠ wow, and Bush is still president !
Oytis-Elie Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
Exquire Featured By Owner May 1, 2007
Mibi, this series is a serious contribution to the world. It thanks you.
molotov-me Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
amazing, as usual.
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April 30, 2007
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