In my posts last summer about understanding the federal budget and the truth about taxes, I pointed to Jess Bachman’s Death and Taxes poster. This monster 24-inch by 36-inch graph shows you just how the government spends your tax money.
From the site:
“Death and Taxes” is a large representational graph and poster of the federal budget. It contains over 500 programs and departments and almost every program that receives over 200 million dollars annually. The data is straight from the president’s 2011 budget request and will be debated, amended, and approved by Congress to begin the fiscal year. All of the item circles are proportional in size to their funding levels for visual comparison and the percentage change from both 2010 and 2001 is included so you can spot trends.
The Death and Taxes poster costs $24, but Bachman has is offering a “buy-one, get-one-free” special for GRS readers. If you use the code slowly at checkout, you can pick up two posters for the price of one (so they’re twelve bucks a piece).
Last year, Bachman sent me a copy of the 2010 poster, and I can attest that it’s a stats-geek’s dream. It’s not art — you won’t want to hang this in your living room — but if you’re curious about government spending, this poster is a keen tool.