Death and Taxes: 2010 Released!!!

Death and Taxes: 2010 Released!!!

Posted on 22. Jul, 2009 by in charts and graphs, death and taxes, government, wallstats

Finally!  After 2 months of hard work and design, the 2010 version of Death and Taxes is finally released and available to purchase.

The page is here,

I must say I was very excited to get this project finished because it wasn’t just the same old Bush administration budget this year.  This is Obama’s first official budget.  This is his plan for the future, beyond the headlines, beyond the press releases.  The federal budget is where the true story, once the rhetoric falls away.

So I encourage you all to look over the poster, enjoy it, and if you feel inclined, purchase a poster.  Sales of the poster are what allows me to take the two months required each year to research, create and design this poster.

If you are a blogger or just feel like getting the word out, I have some resources and images to help below.   This is DIY government oversight.  Important information, that should be required for every responsible citizen, or people who just love info-porn.

Twitter: Tweet it, retweet it, spread it around.  I will be giving out one poster a day to people who spread the love  and link via twitter.  Maker sure you mention “Death and Taxes”.

Embed:  The zoomorama viewer allows you to embed the poster just about anywhere.  Just click the menu in theop right corner of the viewer.  Input your dimensions and you can get something like this.

Images:  Feel free to hotlink, rehost, or create your own images from the poster.

Death and Taxes: 2010

Death and Taxes: 2010

Death and Taxes: 2010

Death and Taxes: 2010

Death and Taxes: 2010

Death and Taxes: 2010

Death and Taxes: 2010

Death and Taxes: 2010

Death and Taxes: 2010

Death and Taxes: 2010

President and Congress

President and Congress

Navy Research

Navy Research



How much does this cost YOU

How much does this cost YOU

Total Budget

Total Budget

Thank you so much!

Your infographic public servant,



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  1. Randy Krum, July 22, 2009:

    Great job Jess! I know getting the new 2010 poster out is a huge relief! I’ll post a link on the blog.

  2. J. Brad Hicks, July 22, 2009:

    I’ll have the link up by tomorrow morning, probably, with commentary, and my order for a poster should be in your hands.

    May I make a request? What I’d really love to use as an image to link to you with is that lower-right corner of the diagram, “The Total Budget.” Could I persuade you to please pull that one out as a separate graphic that I can use to link to the main poster?

  3. Jess, July 22, 2009:


    No problem. I just updated the post with that image at the end of the post.

  4. Ben Schofield, July 22, 2009:

    The defense budget is insane, especially love the declassified military aircraft budget … $16 Billion to house a few flying saucers.

  5. Jesus, July 22, 2009:

    Yet, the government isn’t getting anything, just controlling the flux of money in the system. Bank prints cash, Government regulates cash, Government controls us through cash and media.

    Piss on government.

  6. Franklin, July 22, 2009:

    Dear Jess, Thanks for the mention of Zoomorama. We are proud to be working with you on Death and Taxes. You are right that it’s an important citizen action to follow where the money goes ! We hope Zooming makes it easier, and more enjoyable.

    BTW what is the National Reconnaissance Office ? Twice as big as the CIA !

  7. John, July 22, 2009:

    Ok, I’m confused. The Forest Service web page says agrees with your $5.227B number (, and says that it’s a 8.9% increase from 2009. However, your chart says that 2008-2010 was an annualized decrease of 5%, but that 2008-2009 was an annualized increase of 6%. If 2008-2009 was an increase of 6% and (according to the FS) 2009-2010 is an increase of 9%, how can the change from 2008-2010 be a 5% decrease?

  8. Jess, July 22, 2009:


    Good question.

    According to the data I have, which is a huge excel file here,

    The Forest Service had a budget of 5.763B in 2008, it went up in 2009 to 6.109B due to the stimulus, then back down to 5.228B for 2010. This would result in a -5% cut annualized. As for the difference in numbers between the white house’s data and the forest services’ data, I’m not sure, but it is likely that they use some mandatory spending their total where as I only count discretionary spending.

    It looks like the major reduction from ’08 to ’10 is a large cut in the Wildland Fire Management account.

    Remember, this is the federal government here and there is bound to be some discrepencies when trying to coalesce 3,994 line items from hundreds of agencies, departments, and accounts.

  9. John, July 23, 2009:


    Thanks for the response. I wonder if the FS is unique here. In years with bad fires, they generally are appropriated more money during the year specifically for that purpose. So perhaps the Forest Service doesn’t count that extra funding in their “budget” from 2008 or 2009, and therefore calls it an increase.

    Anyways, great work!

  10. Pete, July 25, 2009:


    I was wondering why I am unable to view the flowcapping for your works. Could you suggest something?


  11. andi, September 24, 2009:

    nice posting dude

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