Notes on the Atrocities
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Monday, February 16, 2004  

Imagine these graphics. Two pie charts, side by side. In the first, all federal tax income, divided to include corporate and individual taxes, the latter divided by quintile. That one dated 1999. The second pie chart contains the same slices, but is dated 2003.

Below, it might be instructive to have two more pie charts. In these, we see federal expenditures, divided to include discretionary spending, Medicare, Social Security, and defense. Again, dated 1999 and 2003.

My suspicion, of course, is that you'd see the lower income slices in the "tax" pie get bigger as a portion of collected income, and you'd see the expenditures for discretionary spending--the federal funds used in supportive services that mainly benefit those lower income slices--get slimmer. Might be a powerful argument against the GOP's cynical "we just want you to keep your money."

Where does one find those kind of data?

posted by Jeff | 2:41 PM |
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