November 30, 2007

Federal Spending

I got this off the whitehouse.gov website. It helps put into perspective where all of our federal funds go. Apparently, killing Iraqis is slightly more important than running our own country.

(In billions of dollars)

Agency 2008 Request 2008%
Agriculture 20.2 2.2%
Commerce 6.6 0.7%
Defense 481.4 51.8%
Education 56 6.0%
Energy 24.3 2.6%
Health and Human Services 69.3 7.5%
Homeland Security 34.3 3.7%
Housing and Urban Development 35.2 3.8%
Interior 10.6 1.1%
Justice 20.2 2.2%
Labor 10.6 1.1%
State and Other International Programs 35 3.8%
Transportation 12.1 1.3%
Treasury 12.1 1.3%
Veterans Affairs 39.4 4.2%
Corps of Engineers 4.9 0.5%
Environmental Protection Agency 7.2 0.8%
Executive Office of the President 0.3 0.0%
Judicial Branch 6.1 0.7%
Legislative Branch 4.4 0.5%
National Aeronautics and Space Administration 17.3 1.9%
National Science Foundation 6.4 0.7%
Small Business Administration 0.5 0.1%
Social Security Administration 7.9 0.8%
Other Agencies 7.5 0.8%



Total, Discretionary Spending 929.8 100.0%

I appoligize if this doesn't display correctly. It looks fine on my computer. Here's a summary in case you can't read it. The department of defense spends 51.8 percent of the entire federal budget. The remaining 22+ agencies spend the rest. These percentages have remained the same for the last several years.

1 comment:

Ian said...

the frustrating thing is we can still call it "defense"
Hows about we start a new category called "offense"