The breakdown is for outlays (as opposed
to budget authority) in fiscal year 2005, since this most closely corresponds to your tax filing. Total Federal funds outlays
in 2005 were $1,865,494,000,000. We have defined the categories on the bar chart as follows:
Military ($532.2 billion) includes the function area (referring to government categories)
national defense, and sub-function area international military assistance.
Health ($377.1 billion) is the Federal funds portion of all health spending by the federal
government, including the Federal funds spending on Medicare.
Interest on the Debt ($348.5 billion) refers to the interest payments paid on the
national debt. The military share of the interest payment is based on the average historical share of national defense spending.
Since interest payments are on the debt which has been accumulated over time, the allocation of shares between military and
non-military spending takes this into account.
Income Security ($124 billion) includes Federal funds outlays on the function
area income security with the exception of housing assistance, and food and nutrition assistance, which are separately
illustrated on the graph. This category includes Supplemental Security Income ($38 billion) which provides cash assistance
to disabled, elderly and blind who have very low incomes; payments where Earned Income Tax Credit exceeds tax liability ($34.6
billion); Temporary Assistance for Needy Families ($17.4 billion); payments where child credit exceeds tax liability ($14.6
billion); foster care and adoption assistance ($6.4 billion); child care spending and a variety of other small programs for
children and families.
Education ($76 billion) includes all Federal funds outlays on elementary, secondary,
and vocational education, higher education, and research and general education aids, subfunctions defined by the government.
Veterans’ Benefits and Services ($69.1 billion) includes the Federal funds portion of the Department
of Veterans’ Affairs and any other Federal funds spending on the function area veterans’ benefits and services.
Nutrition ($50.7 billion) includes any Federal funds outlays classified as food and
nutrition assistance, including the Food Stamp program, all child nutrition programs (such as the National School Lunch
Program) and others.
Housing ($37.9 billion) includes all Federal funds outlays defined by the federal government
as housing assistance.
Natural Resources and the Environment ($26.6 billion) includes all spending on the government-defined
function area natural resources and the environment.
Job Training ($6.3 billion) includes the total for training and employment services
as defined by the government.
Other ($217.2 billion) includes everything else not listed above and is comprised of
the following function and sub-function areas: international affairs outside of international security assistance (included
above in military); general science, space and technology; energy; agriculture; commerce and housing
credit; transportation; community and regional development; labor and social services outside of
training and employment services; justice; general government; and undistributed offsetting receipts.
spending is more than $2 trillion a year and makes up more than half of total government spending in the United States. The federal government now accounts for 20% of the total US gross domestic product (GDP). Federal
debt is about $8 trillion.
article on the growth of the debt go to http://nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=40&Itemid=110
Military, health, and interest on the debt
consume two-thirds of every income tax dollar.
The median income family in the U.S. paid $4,171 in federal income taxes in 2005.
Interest on military debt
Interest on non-military debt
A government that served the public wheal would have 4 fundamental changes in expenditures. The military would be about 1/4th of present, interest on the debt would
be zero, and both education and health would be at least doubled.