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April 30, 2007
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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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So how about I get to buy the work from the artist and then the great work continue?
daemonboi2 Dec 29, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Makes for a good laugh, and then a good cry.
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 Dec 28, 2008  Student Writer
Absolutely spectacular.
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 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?
incredible work, simply outstanding!
wues Dec 15, 2007   Photographer
Spending 67% od budget for military - this have to be USA :)
Love it. Absolutly amazing

Very educating, yet sad and sick
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