Have you ever wondered how much the government spends on a particular program? Spend some time and comb through the financial statements on outlays and revenues for FY 2012 (ending September 30, 2012) from the Treasury Department. Click on the September issue of FY 2012, and take a look at the leviathan.
Here is a summary of the federal budget broken down by category of spending (in billions):
|National Defense||$ 680,413.00|
|International Affairs||$ 47,236.00|
|General Science, Space, and Technology||$ 29,226.00|
|Natural Resources and Environment||$ 41,843.00|
|Commerce and Housing Credit||$ 40,333.00|
|Community and Regional Development||$ 26,113.00|
|Education, Training, Employment and Social Services||$ 89,063.00|
|Income Security||$ 542,227.00|
|Social Security||$ 773,288.00|
|Veterans Benefits and Services||$ 124,603.00|
|Administration of Justice||$ 57,557.00|
|General Government||$ 23,436.00|
|Net Interest||$ 222,470.00|
|Undistributed Offsetting Receipts||$ (103,535.00)|
Here are some interesting observations:
It’s important to remember that the government took in $2.45 billion in revenue. So despite the cries of default in the event that we fail to raise the debt ceiling, we will have more than enough money to pay our vital bills and interest on the debt.
What observations did you find regarding the federal budget?
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