Taxes Are What We Pay For Civilized Society

2020 Discretionary BudgetThis chart represents the most recent federal discretionary spending request that I can find on the interwebz. Please note that the former administration never released the information for the 2021 budget year.

It is universally true that there isn't a single tax payer in the US who likes how their money gets spent by the government. OK, fine. You don't like how your tax dollars are spent? Then let's do a little thought experiment and see what happens.

What This Isn't

This isn't a debate about what the slices are or what each slice is actually responsible for, because that's determined by the Feds and would be a different poll altogether.

Nope. I simply want to see what the US budget would look like if each tax payer could say where their money went. To that end, I am not collecting any data from you. I am not going to break this down by region, race, gender, level of education, kind of car you drive. I don't care about that.

What I do care about is finding out what the rest of America cares about. If everybody had a say, what would we, as a people, fund? Would we fund war or peace? Would we fund agriculture or infrastructure? (Oversimplifying again, the two are not mutually exclusive.)

On the other hand, don't be a jerk. One vote per day per IP address. Thank you. Are you ready? Let's cut the pie.