Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Where Do Our Federal Tax Dollars REALLY Go?

Do you ever wish there was some place where you could get clear, easy to understand information about how our federal tax dollars are spent? Wouldn't you like to get past the opinions of politicians, pundits and partisans, so you can look at the facts and draw your own conclusions?

Well, now you can. Get a copy of Jess Bachman's 24"x36" poster, "Death & Taxes," and get the straight story about where all that money is going to go in 2012.

Just as a good picture is worth a thousand words, this visual representation saves you the trouble of reviewing thousands of pages of information. Bachman spends two months each year doing the research necessary to produce each year's budget poster. There's a heck of a lot of data here, so get your reading glasses ready!

Here's how the information is organized: Each program is denoted with a circle. The size of the circle is proportionate to the program's funding level. Next to each circle, there are figures for: spending budgeted for 2012; the percent increase/decrease in spending from 2011 to 2012; and the percent change from 2002 to 2012 to show the decade-long trend.

2012 is an election year, so we will be subjected to more than the usual amount of misleading rhetoric regarding taxes and government spending. We owe it to ourselves to separate fact from fiction. Get one of these posters. Tack it up on a wall where your family, friends, coworkers or students can see it. And get the conversation started.