UPDATE: I updated the charts to give them the same scale as per BG’s request.
I mentioned the other day that I’m looking at the Federal Budget. I have entered the budget numbers for every agency from 1970 through 2011 (2010 and 2011 numbers are still considered estimates). I plan to go back and enter the information for the 1962 through 1969. The charts below show the four biggest pieces of the federal budget based on percentage of the budget. As you can see, some of them have grown substantially over the years. Health and Human Services has grown from 10% of the budget to consume nearly 25% of the budget.
People gripe about the military spending but it’s percentage of the budget has dropped from nearly 41% to just under 19% over the years.
More stuff to come…