Tax Time

And Simulation Time

taxpiechart2006While we all scramble to get those documents signed, sealed, and delivered, lets take a moment to think about where  tax dollars are going. As our economy likens itself to the titanic in an ever slow sinking-music still playing-one has to reflect on national priorities. This blog is not a space to talk about the military expenditures (all $874.2 billion) that overwhelm our budget.  Rather, I used my personalized tax expenditure pie chart to see what portion of my tax dollars were going to environment and energy issues. Not a lot.

The National Priorities Project analyzes and clarifies federal data so that people can understand and influence how their tax dollars are spent. All of the visualizations are based on numbers from the tables of individual federal agency budgets as provided in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Budget of the U.S. Government, FY2009, Analytical Perspectives. The site offers a wealth of information including state by state breakdowns by topic and a close look at NYC tax allocation. Numbers = Food for thought.

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