Where does all of our tax money go? Well, here’s your chance to find out. Graphic designer Jess Bachman from WallStats has kindly put up three Death and Taxes posters for our 10k giveaway. This one ends Sunday, Feb 22 at 8pm EST.
After the popularity of the 2008 Death and Taxes poster, naturally there had to be a Death and Taxes: 2009.
“Death and Taxes: 2009” is a representational poster of the federal discretionary budget; the amount of money that is spent at the discretion of your elected representatives in Congress. Basically, your federal income taxes. The data is from the President’s budget request for 2009. It will be debated, amended, and approved by Congress by October 1st to begin the fiscal year.
The poster provides a uniquely revealing look at our national priorities, that fluctuate yearly, according to the wishes of the President, the power of Congress, and the will of the people. If you pay taxes, then you have paid for a small part of everything in the poster.
Here are a couple of shots:
Check out the full, zoom-able, pan-able version to get the full effect. Jess goes into tremendous detail on how our tax money is spent and it’s one of those posters where you’ll see something new every time you look at it. It was even featured on Martha Stewart:
How to Enter
Like I said, there are three posters up for grabs in this round of the giveaway. All you have to do is promise that you will tell at least one person about WallStats in the comments below. Easy enough. Three winners will be randomly selected at the end of Sunday. Needless to say, make sure you enter a valid email address so we can contact you when you win. Good luck!
Stay tuned. There are some book giveaways coming up.
UPDATE: Finito. If you haven’t received an email from me yet, keep an eye out for more giveaways this week. The other WallStats poster, 389 Years Ago, is coming up very soon.
If I win, I will dutifully send a mail to everyone at my work telling them about the awesomeness of wallstats….actually, I’ll proably do that anyway. Cheers.
I’ll post it to my Facebook profile; that’s potentially over 400 people.
I promise to tell one person about wall stats!
(I’m emailing a large mailing list about them + this contest right now!)
I promise to tell a lot of people about WallStats!
I’ve already told a bunch of people about wallstats and I promise to keep doing so.
I’ll promise to tell! The Death & Taxes poster is one of the best and most useful infographics I know of.
I’ll will tell at least one person about Wallstats regardless if I win or loose. If I win , I’ll tel a lot more though:-)
I promise, I really do :-), to tell my colleagues about wallstats
I promise to spam a lotta people with this page.
I promise to tell my friends about wallstats, but not about this contest. And if I win, all my friends will know about Wallstats from the sweet poster on my wall.
I promise too.
I promise to forward your stuff to a bunch of peeps.
I was actually talking about this poster yesterday. I will do so again today.
I promise to tell someone about Wallstats!
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I promise to tell one person about WallStats; I’ll be telling everyone I can!
I’ll /force/ my students to appreciate the WallStats! :)
I’m taking a computer science course about visualization this semester, so I’ll tell all my classmates about it.
I will tell everyone I work with about WallStats.
I had the 2008 up last year in my office and everyone would stop down in my office to see it. I think I probably sold about five just because they thought they would make good gifts. I will be sure to tell even more people.
I have to tell my brother-in-law about WallStats. This is the kind of thing he will spend hours looking at.
As I make my living in the defense sector and earn my living through a small portion of this chart, I will be sure to tell my colleagues about this interesting poster. I have posted it to my blog in years past. Great work. Thanks.
I’m in…and I’ll totally help spread the word about WallStats.
I love cool data visualization!
will be happy to KEEP spreading the word. been a fan of death and taxes since 2006!
I’m not telling anyone … unless I get one poster :)
I promist to keep telling more people I work with about Wallstats
Sent to my Twitter Feed (chrislbs), and to a couple of professor friends.
I will post it in my picture window which fronts Johnson St., and several hundred cars will see it; those stuck in traffic during a train crossing will be able to study it in minute detail…
I promise to tell people about wallstats.
Awesome visualization + information.
I promise to tell people about WallStats. Keep up the great work!
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I promise that I will tell at least one person about WallStats.
I promise to post about Flowing Data on Facebook and I’ll start a Tumblr devoted to nothing but Flowing Data and I’ll Tweet about flowing Data and get a tattoo on my forehead and…
I promise to keep telling people about wallstats and this great viz.
You don’t have to ask me to tell people about WallStats – I want to tell them about it!
COunt me in for the drawing! Cool poster! I’ve already told 2 people about WallStats. Thanks! ~ :)
I am linking this in an email to 5 people that love this kind of stuff after I post this comment.
Wonderful info and nice design!!
Someone told me about this great contest and I will be sure and tell someone else!
Pick me, Pick me! I promise, promise to tell people about WallStats!
Pick me. I just told 5 people about WallStats…
I promise to tell at least one person about WallStats.
I promise to tell 4 people about wallstats.com
I’ve already told someone about WallStats! Plus, I promise to tell everyone in my lab as well!
I hereby solemnly promise to tell at least one person about WallStats
I’ll tell someone. About WallStates. In fulfillment of this promise.
*telling people about WallStats*
I’ve told several people about WallStats, and my mother actually bought the 2008 Death and Taxes poster. Count on me to tell more people!
As a one-time accountant, I love the poster. So that’s where all the money goes… sigh. I promise to tell people about this!
I will tell my entire world about WallStats. Online that extends across two blogs, twitter, facebook and other sites.
I’m tweeting it, digging it, facebooking, myspacing and CNN iReporting it :)
I promise to tell people about wallstats :) I’ve already posted links to the site on facebook!
i promise to tell everyone about it!
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Well, I think i will tell all my followers about WallStatsâ€¦
I whole-heartedly promise to tell people about WallStats – I’m currently sharing this article on Google Reader and on my site so plenty of people should see it.
I will tell everyone at work as they are the most likely to buy and I will post the website on Facebook! Come on, the facebook post alone deserves a poster :P
Love the site.
Please enroll me, I promise to communicate this to several people – including the ones that I’ve already told.
PS: On my screen it says ‘Comments for this post will be closed on 19 February 2010’ but in the text you say the contest is open until ‘Sunday, Feb 22 at 8pm EST.’
It is midnight where I am so this could be the lack of sleep talking…
I will post about WallStats on my Facebook profile.
Wow, I didn’t realize that sharing via Facebook was so popular. Thanks to everyone who has participated so far.
I’ll show the site to a couple economists and post on facebook.
I pledge to tell every cool person I know about WallStats, whether or not I win.
I already tell everyone! I have one each hanging in my office at home and at work and it’s a great conversation starter.
I have told so many people about your poster, and just discovered your site. I will surely pass the information along… and just did. I really dig your work.
Wow. I will definitely tell people about this.
I promise to tell at least one person (but will probably tell every datageek I know) about WallStats! That poster is amazing.
Will show this poster and website to bunch of my coworkers who work on data analytics/visualization.
I will most certainly tell one person, likely four or five, about WallStats. It’s great.
Very cool design! … and I promise to tell lots of people about the poster. Thanks!
I will proudly hang the poster in the lab at my school and tell each lab member and professor about Wallstats.
I already posted it on my blog, which has at least 2 readers… ;)
And I promise I will tell everyone in my office about this cool poster.
I will tell my tax strategy professor
Done & done.
I, Zack, do hereby (in the comments section of FlowingData.com) promise to tell at least one person (likely more) about WallStats and the amazing bit of information graphics contained within the Death & Taxes: 2009 poster to be found thereon.
Thank you, that is all.
I really like this blog, esp the geography entries. I have already spread the word among many of my friends and will definitely continue to.
This is fantastic! As an educator, I need one of these – and will tell all of my colleagues.
I will tell at least one person about WallStats!
Pick me! Pick me! I *need* that poster!
I’ve told my workgroup (10 people).
I told my 3rd period class about WallStats and your contest.
Very cool… gonna tell my friends!
I am posting this to my facebook page. I promise to tell many others about WallStats.
I’m in. I’ll do it. Please send art! Zach
Similar to everyone else on the wall, I promise to tell more people than I have told. I printed out the pic (not that great quality) and it is stuck on my wall. The two creative directors who sit behind me think I’m a nerd, but I’m happy with my diagrams, graphs and stats.
Gives you something to talk about with new people coming into your pod and allows you to rub numbers and stats into the creatives.
Thanks for the opportunity to have a huge one.
I posted about it on the Cool Infographics blog!
I can’t think of a better way to tell people about WallStats than to have this amazing poster in my office… hint, hint. :)
I’ve told my roommate, a fellow actuarial science student. :-)
I promise I’ll posted on Facebook!
I promise to help spread the gospel of Wallstats within my school community.
It’s a deal.
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I promise to tell a lot of people about WallStats!
Random selector stop here,
praise be to the randomness gods,
I’ve already told pretty much everyone I know about Death and Taxes. It is a favorite of mine. So, yes, I promise I will tell at least one other person about this.