41 cents – for war and preparing for war (28cents), and obligations from past wars (13 cents), including veterans programs and interest on the military portion of the national debt
19 cents – for health programs, including Medicaid, which provides nursing home care for the elderly poor, and health care for the poor and disabled, and parts of Medicare, which subsidizes health care for older Americans
12 cents – to respond to poverty in the U.S. with food programs, housing assistance, income supports, and energy assistance.
10 cents – for interest on the non-military portion of the national debt
5 cents – to promote community and economic development, including agricultural programs, highways and mass transit, and federal communications commission
5 cents – for education, job training, employment, and social services
4 cents – to run the government, including law enforcement, homeland security, and benefits for government employees
3 cents – for science, energy, and environmental programs
1 cent – for humanitarian aid, diplomatic missions, and international cooperation – Friends Committee on National Legislation, Washington March 2007 [source not here]
Death and Taxes 2007 by Mibi at DeviantArt is one of the top illustrations on the web showing spending across our government. Each part of the graphic is proportional, providing a ‘one stop picture’ to educate us quickly. I’ve used Mibi’s illustration as a desktop image as I learned how our dollars are distributed.