Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Propose a Feature

You can use the comments below to propose an improvement to usgovernmentspending.com.

Better still, email me at chrischantrill at gmail.com.

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  1. I want to find the percentage of GDP of the total government spending (Federal, State, and local).

    The $billions menu says I can click on the top of the chart to do this, but I cannot see how. Why not just add "Percent" as a drop-down alternaitve to "$billions" in the very menu which is giving me advice I can't follow? Ease of use, anyone?

  2. I propose a link to assist regular people to run for office.

    NoPartyNow.com is a vehicle to assist independent candidates run for office. We will help get petitions signed organize voters and advertise this alternative.

    I will place a link to this site on NoPartyNow.com

    Please include a link on your site so we can turn the talk and energy into action!

  3. For spending, I'd like to see something that compares the budget to census data.. like the per capita claims to be, but doesn't work, but on the chart. What I'd really like would be John Stossel's measurements from a 20/20 thing he'd done back in 2003: to households. Like, $ spent per household.

    The "per household" idea could be applied to revenue as well, and give us an idea of how much the average wage earner "should" be paying in taxes if all things were fair and we weren't discriminating and taxing the wealthier people at way higher rates.

  4. I would like to see a drop down menu that includes "as percent of debt". For example, I budget my household by keeping my debt low relative to my income (revenue).

  5. Great work, love the site.

    I have one suggestion / question. I can't find anyplace on the main page or the detail pages that identifies whether or not the numbers have been adjusted for inflation.

    Could you help me out with that. Obviously it has a huge impact when comparing numbers in a historical context.


  6. Chris,
    This is a semi-rough thought -- originates with thinking that computing a personal account balance for ‘everyman’ by birth year is fair, and will get people’s attention.
    Referring to your chart “US Federal Deficits in the 20th Century” at
    a year’s deficit could be charged to each birth year account, according to numbers of people alive (and maybe old enough to vote?).
    I suppose that the foregoing’s IN YOUR FACE quality, plus intergenerational content, could be effective.

  7. Great site! How about a "pct total spending" data units for the time series charts? I'd like to check if its true that, e.g., defense is increasing at the expense of welfare, historically.

  8. Great site! Am now updating some state per-capita spending estimates--please go here

    I welcome comments and suggestions
    M. Keating
    Govt Product News

  9. I have a great idea why doesn't everyone in the the federal and local government take a pay cut.
    Everyone making $100,000 or more will take a 50% pay cut that should cut the deficit.

    All tax breaks given to corporations should be repealed and the loopholes be tied up.

    People making $100,000 or more will pay the highest tax.

    People making $20,000 or less will pay no taxes

    Money lobbyists pay to politions will go to the poor and put into projects involved in producing alternative energy.

    Any polition found taking money from lobbyists will be given a stiff prison sentence and the lobbyists themselves be given a stiff prison sentence.

    Every company in the stock market will be charged a tax on every transaction performed

    Oil companies will be charged a tax on every barrel of oil which will go to entitlement programs

    Banks will be charged a tax on every transaction performed

    I'm sure there are other taxes that can be charged to big businesses. They need to feel the burden that people who make minimum wage feel.

  10. All the services a politian is entitled to while in office will be terminated after that politian leaves office. That means all the perks these politians are allowed after they leave office is no longer the responsibility of the tax payer but is the politian's responsibility.


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