Jess Bachman, who did some of the fantastic charts and graphics in Bailout Nation, is out with his annual look at the Federal Budget:

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 2009 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 spending totals and the percentage change from 2008 is included to spot trends and disproportion.

This one is a humdinger:


Courtesy of Jess Bachman, Wall Stats


Jess has offered TBP readers a discount: Enter the code “BigPicture” during checkout and you will get 50% off 2 or more posters.


The Art of Information


Category: Taxes and Policy

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5 Responses to “Death & Taxes”

  1. llandson says:

    Damn. That is some cool stuff. I just ordered the poster for myself and the Obama poster for my Dad. This guy could have a real niche in creating art for analytical nerds like me.

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  3. marklhessel says:

    Seems like the CEO of any large company would want a similar chart based on the company expenses,
    a new one every year — on the wall in front of their desk.

  4. @ 10:54 y 15:14

    yes, quite so !~ or, “Don’t you Know it!”

    past that, this, on the general Economy theme –

    “Published July 21, 2009Reprints | Printer Friendly

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    Inventory de-stocking continues through June

    North American metals service centers’ shipments continued to decline in June, according the Metals Service Center Institute. The Institute also concludes that inventories of both steel and aluminum fell further in the U.S. Canadian centers also cut into their steel inventories, while aluminum stocks stayed essentially even with their May totals.

    MSCI’s monthly Metals Activity Report consists of shipment and inventory data reported by metals service centers in the U.S. and Canada.

    U.S. service centers’ steel shipments totaled 2.46 million tons in June, -41.8% less than the June 2008 total.

    For the first six months of 2008, U.S. centers’ steel shipments totaled 14.8 million tons, a decline of -43.9% versus the first half of 2008. As June ended, the centers’ steel inventories amounted to an estimated 5.98 million tons, down -44.4% versus 2008. At the current shipping rate, this total represents a 2.4month supply.

    Canadian service centers’ steel shipments totaled 399,200 tons in June, -31.7% versus June 2008. For the first six months of 2009, Canadian centers shipped 2.46 million tons, -35% versus the first half of total for 2008. At the end of June, Canadian centers reported 1.05 million tons of steel in inventory, -33% versus the same point in 2008. At their current shipping rate, Canadian service centers have an estimated 2.6month supply of steel.

    U.S. service centers shipped 89,700 tons of aluminum in June, -39.1% from June 2008. Their first half 2009 aluminum shipments amounted to 524,600 tons, -43.2% against the first six months of 2008.

    At the end of June, U.S. service centers’ inventories of aluminum were estimated at 269,800 tons, a -44.1% reduction from the same period of 2008. At the current shipping rate, the service centers appear to have 3.0month supply.”

    something about the .6x Economy….