How much does the U.S. Government spend on stuff? I confess that it’s often a mystery to me. We hear reports about how much a fighter jet costs or how much welfare costs and more. Then there’s the issue of the relative amount of the budget that goes for such things. In light of a recent report I saw that the U.S. spends as much on the military budget as the rest of the countries of the world combined, it might be helpful to have a sense of where the money goes.

Artist Jesse Bachman decided to try to represent both how much we spend in various categories and how categories of spending compare to each other. The resulting poster can be viewed online here (click on the image for a significantly enlarged image) and can be purchased as a poster here.