Friday, November 19, 2010

NASA Money Myth II

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When you truly examine the numbers, the almighty budget is an entirely different animal from what you see on cable news shows, where elephants trumpet and donkeys bray about entirely unfounded assumptions.

According to the GPO.gov or the GPO Access (where anyone can go see federal manuals, budgets and legislation in entirety), the big guns are as follows:

$677.95 billion – Social Security
$663.7 billion – Department of Defense
$453 billion – Medicare
$290 billion – Medicaid
$164 billion – National Debt Interest
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$78.7 billion – Department of Health and Human Services
$72.5 billion – Department of Transportation
$52.5 billion – Department of Veterans Affairs
$51.7 billion – Department of State and Other International Programs
$47.5 billion – Department of Housing and Urban Development
$46.7 billion – Department of Education
$42.7 billion – Department of Homeland Security
$26.3 billion – Department of Energy
$26 billion – Department of Agriculture
$23.9 billion – Department of Justice
$18.7 billion – National Aeronautics and Space Administration
$13.8 billion – Department of Commerce
$13.3 billion – Department of Labor
$13.3 billion – Department of the Treasury
$12 billion – Department of the Interior
$11 billion – Potential Disaster Allocations
$10.5 billion – Environmental Protection Agency
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$9.7 billion – Social Security Administration
$7 billion – National Science Foundation
$5.1 billion – Corps of Engineers
$5 billion – National Infrastructure Bank
$1.1 billion – Corporation for National and Community Service
$0.7 billion – Small Business Administration
$0.6 billion – General Services Administration

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