- Feb 6, 2010
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Guess we can answer that question now
Right.The OP isn't actually a representation of where our tax dollars go, it's a representation of where the $1.4T of our tax dollars that the author labels "discretionary" goes. The actual budget is $3.5T.
Wikipedia said:There are two types of government spending — discretionary and mandatory. Discretionary spending, which accounts for roughly one-third of all Federal spending, includes money for things like the Army, FBI, the Coast Guard, and highway projects. Congress explicitly determines how much to spend ... on these programs on an annual basis. Mandatory spending accounts for two-thirds of all government spending. This kind of spending is authorized by permanent laws.