“50 Years Of Government Spending, In 1 Graph : NPR”


Of each dollar the federal government spends, how much goes to defense? How much goes to Social Security? How much goes to interest on the debt? And how has this sort of thing changed over time? The graphic below answers these questions.

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2 thoughts on ““50 Years Of Government Spending, In 1 Graph : NPR”

  1. This is a really nicely informative chart. It would be nice to see an accompanying chart of expenditures as a percentage of GDP (or just inflation-adjusted expenditures, or some other means of assessing total expenditure levels in each category).

    1. Ah, I posted before I read the ‘Bonus Numbers’ note. So it looks like normalizing by GDP wouldn’t have a huge effect on the overall shape of the chart, but it would still be nice to see more clearly whether individual spending categories have grown or shrunk relative to the overall economy.

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