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Published on October 10, 2013 By Frogboy In Misc

I found this fairly dry looking site that goes over all kinds of interesting financial stats:

It’s non-partisan (it’s non political, it’s a glorified spread sheet).

But it’s interesting to look at snap shots of what the federal government spents its money on.

Starting in 1800..


Pretty boring still…


and next…


The 16th amendment passes allowing for direct income taxes…

Holly shit! World War I + new amendment brings a ton of new money.

War is over but the spending is still much higher than it was.

1929, the year the great depression starts.

So 4 years later, we’ve doubled our spending, no doubt to stimulate the economy.  The depression must have ended in 1934 then right? Because, look at that massive stimulus.

No. Holy cow, we spend even more. And nowa new item, for the first time ever, has been added: Welfare.

Growing and growing.  Note that we are now almost 3X the spending we were when the stock market crashed in 1929. That’s an incredible federal stimulus program. This is 1935 so this is pre-World War II.

World War II comes to the United States. Welfare disappears but we nearly double the budget again.

Holy shit. So 20 years since 1929 and the federal budget is nearly 10X bigger than it was. That’s incredible.

Marty McFly travels back to 1955 and the federal budget has massively increased still in just 6 years ($278 to $443!!!). Pensions (social security) are now part of life.

So now we have pensions (social security) AND welfare. This is the year I was born.

What the fuck is health? We went 200 years with only defense and “remainder” and now we have pensions, welfare and health?

The year I graduated high school

That social security and medicare thing sure sure took over.  How did the federal government get into this?

Bush leaves office.

Christ, spending went from 2.7 to 3.2 on one year? Right, the Stimulus.

Spending goes down.

on Oct 11, 2013

While the left always complain about defense spending, it's really the social spending that will eventually do us in.


on Oct 11, 2013

It's as if they believe that we shouldn't be angry with them spending $2.1 TRILLION (58% of $3.54T) on programs that the federal government has no business spending money on in the first place.

BTW, thanks for preceding this article with "The American constitution isn't very complicated"

on Oct 11, 2013

Lack of a budget usually gets the spending down some.


The charts are very informative! 

on Dec 27, 2013

Your money in pictures.....the top 5 charts of 2013...



on Dec 30, 2013

Booze, Pole Dancing, and Luxurious Hotels: Top 10 Examples of Government Waste in 2013

The latest budget deal, passed by a bipartisan majority in both the House and the Senate, suggests that Washington agrees with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) when she said that “the cupboard is bare. There’s no more cuts to make.”

The cupboard, however, is overflowing with liquor, crystal glassware, and more.

Here is our list of the top 10 examples of wasteful government spending this year, serving as a reminder that there is no shortage of excessive spending in Washington.

10. Outhouse in Alaska: $98,670. The Interior Department spent nearly $100,000 to install an outhouse on an Alaskan trail, which includes a single toilet with no internal plumbing.


9. A bus stop with heated pavement for the Washington area: $1 million. A lavish bus stop with heated pavement was built in Arlington, VA, but it has failed to keep commuters warm or dry.


8. Grant for a pole dancing performance: $10,000. Utility poles, that is. The National Endowment for the Arts provided a grant to PowerUP for Austin Energy employees to perform an artsy dance with 20 utility poles, accompanied by a live orchestra.


7. Pizza — from a printer: $124,995. NASA gave a six-figure grant to a company that aspires to make pizza from a 3-D printer.


6. Study to find out if couples are happier when the woman calms down after argument: $335,525. “[M]arriages that were the happiest were the ones in which the wives were able to calm down quickly during marital conflict,” found a study of 81 couples funded by the National Institutes of Health.


5. Booze and crystal for the State Department: $5.4 million. The State Department went on a bender the week before the government shutdown, purchasing $5 million of “exquisite” crystal glassware to presumably drink the $400,000 in booze they purchased in 2013.


4. Monitoring depression on Twitter: $82,000. The National Institutes of Health is funding a study “to use Twitter for surveillance on depressed people,” according to the Free Beacon.


3. Seven-figure stack of rocks at the London Embassy: $1 million. The American Embassy in London will be receiving a granite sculpture from an artist “whose work resembles stacked piles of paving stones,” according to the Daily Mail.


2. Artwork for Veterans Affairs offices: $562,000. The Department of Veterans Affairs went on a spending spree during “use it or lose it” season, purchasing over half a million in artwork and millions in furniture in a single week.


1. Government employee trip to luxury hotel in the Caribbean: priceless. Federal employees took a taxpayer-funded trip to the Buccaneer Hotel in St. Croix—the same hotel made famous on TV’s “The Bachelor.” The bill was divided among a number of agencies, making a final tally difficult to come by.


Honorable Mention

A Super Bowl champion Obamacare campaign: $130,000. The Baltimore Ravens were paid $130,000 in taxpayer money to sponsor the Affordable Care Act.


An overwhelming, bipartisan majority of Americans thinks that Congress can find more ways to cut government spending, and there are numerous programs of questionable value that Congress should eliminate.

America did not end up $17 trillion in debt overnight. Congressional refusal to cut spending and prioritize taxpayer money more appropriately year after year got the nation to this point. Congress will have another opportunity before January 15, when considering the 2014 spending bill, to do better. Fiscal restraint is long overdue.

For other examples of government waste, see Heritage’s 2013 edition of Federal Spending by the Numbers and Senator Tom Coburn’s 2013 Wastebook.