Obama’s State of the Union Budget Cuts Visualized

by JT McGee

So you’re wondering how much Obama plans to cut from the budget? Well, after breaking down the data and turning it into easy to read pie-charts we found it really isn’t all that much.

Key Data:

  • Only 13% of the total 2011 Federal Budget would be frozen
  • Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Defense Spending are untouched
  • The deficit would remain as high as $1.22 Trillion after cuts of $80 billion per year
  • At the most, ¬†Obama’s plan would cut 2.2% of total federal spending in 2011.

Charting the Changes

In order for Obama’s cuts to become law, Congress would have to pass it. While the desire to reduce spending is there on both sides of the aisle, many believe this debate could become a political football with Republicans voting against it in favor of more cuts, while some Democrats shy away with no cuts in defense spending. In another post, I tackled cutting defense spending.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

MoneyCone January 26, 2011 at 18:01

I doubt if Republicans would want to cut defense spending either.

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The Biz of Life February 15, 2011 at 20:24

The charts almost look out of proportion…… the blue areas appear too large. The proposed cuts of both parties are pretty feeble, and filled with the usual gimmicky. We are on the downhill side of the road to hell. Significant cuts need to be made in the DOD budget as well as social programs, regulations need to slashed, and the current tax code needs to be trashed to implement a replacement that looks like it was designed by a rational human being rather than the current schizo code.

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JT McGee February 15, 2011 at 21:10

It is important to note that these are his state of the union recommendations, not the most recent cuts that he proposed in the 2012 budgets.

The top part is the amount of the budget that is frozen, naturally that’s a reasonable size. The deficit reduction, if I remember correctly, was something like 8-9%. $100B off $1.2-3T.

The final pie chart is the amount off the total budget. $100B off 3.5T is roughly 3%.

I’d say all those are in line.

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