Infographic: Where did the federal tax dollars go in 2011?

Highlights:  

The federal government spent $3.6 trillion last year, creating a deficit of $1.3 trillion. Most of the money were spent on defense, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

  • Social Security: $725 billion or 20%
  • Defense discretionary spending: $700 billion or 20%
  • Non-defense discretionary spending: $646 billion or 18%
  • Other mandatory spending: $545 billion or 15%
  • Medicare: $480 billion or 13%
  • Medicaid : $275 billion 8%
  • Net interest on debt: $227 billion or 6%

Infographic on the 2011 federal budget. SOURCE: Congressional Budget Office


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