How big is government? Visualizing U.S. government expenditure

In the heat of an election, one often wonders just how big is government?  Is government spending out of control?  How much does government spend on health care, defense, or another sector of the economy?  Hopefully these visualizations will help you grasp the size of government spending. 


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The next visualization shows spending by department.  It’s easy to see how expenditures have changed in each department grouping. 

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If you like these visualizations, feel free to download the data set

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Posted by Andrew Disselkoen on 09/13 at 04:16 PM
  1. Nice to see this post. Very informative post this is. Thanks a lot.

    Posted by tahmidriad  on  05/25  at  10:52 PM
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