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Who do you love?

February 5, 2007

Hi Brit,

Joy, oh joy!  It’s Federal Budget time!  Let’s see who the Government loves:

(as proposed by President Bush)

Health and Human Services: $699 billion
Social Security: $655.6 billion
Defense: $624.6 billion
Treasury: $525.9 billion
Other agencies: $148.7 billion
Agriculture: $90.9 billion
Veterans: $84.4 billion
Transportation: $67.4 billion
Education: $62.6 billion
Labor: $50.4 billion
State: $37.4 billion
Housing and Urban Development: $36.2 billion
Homeland Security: $34.6 billion
Justice: $23.3 billion
Energy: $21.7 billion
National Aeronautics and Space Administration: $17.3 billion
Interior: $10.1 billion
Environmental Protection Agency: $7.1 billion
Commerce: $6.7 billion
Judiciary: $6.7 billion
Legislative branch: $4.8 billion
Corps of Engineers: $4.8 billion
 
For a total of a bit over 2.9 TRILLION DOLLARS!  This is right at $10,000 for every man, woman, and child in the country.

After taking a few minutes to let that sink in, you may be wondering just what these departments are going to spend their share of the loot on, so (from their sites) here’s what they think they do:

Health and Human Services: $699 billion

THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.

THE DEPARTMENT INCLUDES MORE THAN 300 PROGRAMS, covering a wide spectrum of activities. Some highlights include:

  • Health and social science research
  • Preventing disease, including immunization services
  • Assuring food and drug safety
  • Medicare (health insurance for elderly and disabled Americans) and Medicaid (health insurance for low-income people)
  • Health information technology
  • Financial assistance and services for low-income families
  • Improving maternal and infant health
  • Head Start (pre-school education and services)
  • Faith-based and community initiatives
  • Preventing child abuse and domestic violence
  • Substance abuse treatment and prevention
  • Services for older Americans, including home-delivered meals
  • Comprehensive health services for Native Americans
  • Medical preparedness for emergencies, including potential terrorism.


Social Security: $655.6 billion

We pay retirement, disability and survivors benefits to workers and their families and administer the Supplemental Security Income program. We also issue Social Security numbers. 
Defense: $624.6 billion

With our military units tracing their roots to pre-Revolutionary times, you might say that we are America’s oldest company. And if you look at us in business terms, many would say we are not only America’s largest company, but its busiest and most successful. 
Treasury: $525.9 billion

The mission of the Department of the Treasury is to promote the conditions for prosperity and stability in the United States and encourage prosperity and stability in the rest of the world.
Other agencies: $148.7 billion

These are all the other agencies and departments that didn’t get enough funding to make the big list. 
Agriculture: $90.9 billion

 We provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.
Veterans: $84.4 billion

 Our goal is to provide excellence in patient care, veterans’ benefits and customer satisfaction. We have reformed our department internally and are striving for high quality, prompt and seamless service to veterans. Our department’s employees continue to offer their dedication and commitment to help veterans get the services they have earned. Our nation’s veterans deserve no less.
Transportation: $67.4 billion

 Serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.
Education: $62.6 billion

ED was created in 1980 by combining offices from several federal agencies. Its original directive remains its mission today — to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation. ED’s 4,500 employees and $71.5 billion budget are dedicated to:

• Establishing policies on federal financial aid for education, and distributing as well as monitoring those funds.
• Collecting data on America’s schools and disseminating research.
• Focusing national attention on key educational issues.
• Prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education.
Labor: $50.4 billion

The Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of the job seekers, wage earners, and retirees of the United States by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities for profitable employment, protecting their retirement and health care benefits, helping employers find workers, strengthening free collective bargaining, and tracking changes in employment, prices, and other national economic measurements. In carrying out this mission, the Department administers a variety of Federal labor laws including those that guarantee workers’ rights to safe and healthful working conditions; a minimum hourly wage and overtime pay; freedom from employment discrimination; unemployment insurance; and other income support.
State: $37.4 billion

 Create a more secure, democratic, and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people and the international community.
Housing and Urban Development: $36.2 billion

 HUD’s mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. To fulfill this mission, HUD will embrace high standards of ethics, management and accountability and forge new partnerships–particularly with faith-based and community organizations–that leverage resources and improve HUD’s ability to be effective on the community level.
Homeland Security: $34.6 billion

 We will lead the unified national effort to secure America. We will prevent and deter terrorist attacks and protect against and respond to threats and hazards to the nation. We will ensure safe and secure borders, welcome lawful immigrants and visitors, and promote the free-flow of commerce.
Justice: $23.3 billion

 

To enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Energy: $21.7 billion

Discovering the solutions to power and secure America’s future
 
National Aeronautics and Space Administration: $17.3 billion

We explore and discover
Interior: $10.1 billion

The Mission of the Department of the Interior is to protect and provide access to our Nation’s natural and cultural heritage and honor our trust responsibilities to Indian Tribes and our commitments to island communities.
Environmental Protection Agency: $7.1 billion

 The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.
Commerce: $6.7 billion

 The historic mission of the Department is “to foster, promote, and develop the foreign and domestic commerce” of the United States. This has evolved, as a result of legislative and administrative additions, to encompass broadly the responsibility to foster, serve, and promote the Nation’s economic development and technological advancement. The Department fulfills this mission by:

a. Participating with other Government agencies in the creation of national policy, through the President’s Cabinet and its subdivisions.

b. Promoting and assisting international trade.

c. Strengthening the international economic position of the United States.

d. Promoting progressive domestic business policies and growth.

e. Improving comprehension and uses of the physical environment and its oceanic life.

f. Ensuring effective use and growth of the Nation’s scientific and technical resources.

g. Acquiring, analyzing, and disseminating information regarding the Nation and the economy to help achieve increased social and economic benefit.

h. Assisting states, communities, and individuals with economic progress.
Judiciary: $6.7 billion

Funds the Federal Courts.
Legislative branch: $4.8 billion

Funds the Congress. 
Corps of Engineers: $4.8 billion
 

Our mission is to provide quality, responsive engineering services to the nation including: 

  • Planning, designing, building and operating water resources and other civil works projects (Navigation, Flood Control, Environmental Protection, Disaster Response, etc.)
  • Designing and managing the construction of military facilities for the Army and Air Force. (Military Construction)
  • Providing design and construction management support for other Defense and federal agencies. (Interagency and International Services)

Today, as always, we stand ready… engineers, scientists, real estate specialists and administrators alike to meet national security, emergency and other national requirements.

While I have different concepts of the true purpose of some of these Departments and Agencies, that will have to wait until another day.  Now, don’t you feel better knowing a tiny bit about where your tax dollars are going?

the Grit

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