Death & Taxes: How is the U.S. Spending Our Money?

Death and Taxes is a behemoth graph of the federal budget. Containing 500 of the largest programs and departments, nearly all that receive over 200 million dollars each year, the graphic gives us a revealing look at where the U.S. puts its financial priorities.

Created using data from the president’s 2012 budget proposal, Jess Bachman spends a few months each year creating a new edition to keep us up to date. All of the program circles are proportional in size to their funding levels and for comparison the percentage change from both 2012 and 2002 is included so you can identify trends. For a full sized, zoomable view, or to purchase the yearly poster, head to

Bill Gates Talks of Wild State Budgets

Recently enlightening people at TED, Bill Gates talked about America’s troubled state funded school system. In his impassioned talk he highlighted what he says are state budgets filled with corruption and accounting tricks designed to hide true spending on government health and pension programs. He says “the bottom line is, we need to care about state budgets, because they are critical for our kids and for our future.”