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What The Government Spent Money On Last Quarter

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Those following the ever encroaching progression of the US welfare state will hardly be surprised by the latest data on US government spending broken down by the 11 largest outlays: spending on almost everything was down or unchanged in the first fiscal quarter of 2014 compared to a year ago except for healthcare and, of course, social security, which has finally caught up with the government's medicare and medicaid outlays. The good news: as a result of still low interest rates, and the Fed's check-kiting remittance of interest on monetized debt, Treasury outlays have tumbled to less than $100 billion in the quarter. This number will not stay this low for long.

Source: US Treasury


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Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:26 | 4404223 mliu_01
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I am so safe now. Thanks God.

Maybe I should thank US government.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:36 | 4404267 superflex
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Where are the jobs?

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:41 | 4404282 Mark Carney
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Tyler if I may make a suggestion; remember when you had you're daily updates of CDS spreads back in 2011, can you do the same for tracking the daily currency devaluations for VEN, ARG, UKR, TUR, IND etc.


That would be awesome!

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:47 | 4404296 Handful of Dust
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Nothing spent on Thingamajigs?

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:58 | 4404313 NoDebt
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What's OPM spending?  Other People's Money?  I thought all that spending was Other People's Money already.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 13:03 | 4404323 max2205
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This is all a lie....

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 14:41 | 4404639 Leopold B. Scotch
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I would have thought toilet seats would be on there.  And hammers.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 16:30 | 4405242 WarriorClass
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CT Collectivist Gun Grabber Ruthlessly Skewered By Sipsey Street Irregulars:

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 13:15 | 4404351 codecode
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Wed, 02/05/2014 - 13:22 | 4404368 schoolsout
Wed, 02/05/2014 - 13:38 | 4404401 Sudden Debt
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that's right!
And you are "other people"

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 14:03 | 4404488 SamAdams
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Does this include the black budget, er...  I mean the money that just "disappeared"?

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 15:29 | 4404893 Van Halen
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You down with OPM?

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 13:44 | 4404416 CPL
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Plenty of jobs need doing, the majority of them are unpaid though.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 14:42 | 4404641 foodstampbarry
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Barry lied, jobs died.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:58 | 4404314 XAU XAG
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What The Government Spent Money On Last Quarter

Should be


What the Government spent (you're) our TAX $$ on last quater

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 13:28 | 4404384 Woodyg
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Where the Fed's 85 billion a month - now 75 billion?
It's an absolute JOKE that Fed monetary policy is seen as seperate from the fed gov -

Heck Social Security should also be seperate - in fact SS has had it's funds STOLEN for 30 years now in order to enrich the monopolists/jackals/fascists buying off our gov to game the system and send the freaking decent jobs that actually pay taxes offshore.

The fact that Social Security is in the chart and the Fed shininagans aren't proves the absolute Capture of our political and economic system - unfortunately by fascist sociopaths.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 18:23 | 4405754 mumbo_jumbo
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"Where the Fed's 85 billion a month"

you beat me to it woody!! that's was the very first thing i noticed as well, those pesky bankers sure have a funny way of hiding THEIR welfare!!! and i'm for one am getting sick of SS being called an entitlement, as if the ~$200K I've paid in so far (AND STILL COUNTING) isn't my mother fucking money that's owed me....i paid in at gun point so i want my money back.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 18:33 | 4405786 Virage
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Do you even know how the Fed works?

The Fed is an independent agency, why would their purchases be on the government's books?

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 13:34 | 4404393 bob_stl
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Where's Interest on the National Debt? It's 127 Billion which would make it 4th on the list.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 14:08 | 4404501 SamAdams
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Thanks to Obomba, the deficit has been cut in half.  Therefore, "what does it matter"?

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 14:36 | 4404617 Angelo Misterioso
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What The Government Spent Money On Last Quarter 

Should be


What the Government spent (you're) our TAX $$ on last quater


Even more truthiness::
your tax $$ and even more freshly printed fiat 

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 14:43 | 4404649 Leopold B. Scotch
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Let's be real, now.  They don't just spend taxpayer money.  They've monetized $45 billion of spending each year, meaning if you're a dollar holder, you're being bent over, too!

Lube up!

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 13:24 | 4404378 The Dunce
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Now that we are a service economy, we might need government assistance.  Blue collar manufacturing has gone the way of the dodo bird.  Final analysis?  We're screwed.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 14:10 | 4404512 SamAdams
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We were a service economy.  Not sure where this is heading.  Do we start back over at agricultural?  Don't see that happening since the triangle team bankrupted and GMO'd a monopoly.  I'm guessing we turn into a vigilante economy.  That would make more sense.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:27 | 4404230 greatbeard
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How much of a deficit is social security running?  How much has social security added to the national debt?  How much has military spending added to the national debt? Feed the old, who paid for it, btw, or kill brown skinned civilians? 

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 13:59 | 4404464 Landrew
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Social Secuity is now running a surplus again now that the rate is back to 2010 level. Remember how that extra 10$ in your pocket was going to create enormous job growth? 

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 15:33 | 4404906 Van Halen
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Remember when Nancy Pelosi said that passing Obamacare would create 400,000 jobs IMMEDIATELY ?

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 14:45 | 4404663 artless
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"Feed the old, who paid for it, btw, or kill brown skinned civilians? "

No they did not. Anyone "old" or about to retire will suck more out of the trough than they ever put in by miles. SO take that canard and shove it up the parasite Free Shit Army's ass who concocted this scheme that leaves my generation with a bankrupt, shit mess of a country even after the vast majority of these so-called great generations made out like bandits on their investments in various things that can be directly related to our age old tradition of slaughtering "brown-skinned civilians"

The fucking irony on that one is rather priceless when I read utter shit like your post.

Why must we choose as you seem to say? How about we do neither since neither endeavor is constitutional or moral?

As one folk singer said: contry'll grow.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 18:00 | 4405676 greatbeard
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>> Anyone "old" or about to retire will suck more out of the trough than they ever put in by miles.

No basis in fact but spew on whiner.

>> Free Shit Army's ass

It ain't free if you paid for it, and I did.

>> leaves my generation with a bankrupt, shit mess of a country

What, besides whine, have you, or your genertion, done to change things?  Texting while driving doesn't count.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:30 | 4404234 SgtSchultz
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Related lobbying expenditures per category would probably look about the same.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:28 | 4404235 kralizec
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I don't see cronies, hookers and blow.  WTF?!

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:33 | 4404251 SilverIsKing
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Those items are included in OPM...Other People's Money.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:34 | 4404252 Smegley Wanxalot
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Hookers are Labor ... Blow is Agriculture.

Cronies are HHS, Education, and Other Civil Defense ... combined.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 13:17 | 4404357 ExpendableOne
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It's all right there in the expense report.  Find it...

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:28 | 4404237 SAT 800
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Lucky thing we can print "money". ??

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:33 | 4404259 Smegley Wanxalot
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Treasury budget.  Toner is expensive.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:29 | 4404240 youngman
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Where is the Obamacare software writing at..that has to be big...

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:31 | 4404241 Smegley Wanxalot
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BS. Obama's vacations and golf games didn't make the list? 

Must be the $25 billion transportation expenditure.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:32 | 4404246 One And Only
Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:30 | 4404247 Temporalist
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If porn weren't free this chart would look much worse.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:34 | 4404256 Temporalist
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And what is OPM?  Other People's Money?

That of course would be typically inefficient...spending Other People's Money to give back Other People's Money to Other People.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:31 | 4404248 MuleRider
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You can simplify this by condensing into one broad category: the Free Shit Army. 

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:37 | 4404273 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Here is what some of what that DHHS money is being spent on.

The National Institutes of Health, a division of the U.S. Health Department, just spent $464,272 on a study to determine why gay men in Peru get syphilis. Syphilis is a serious problem in Peru, where “more than 20 percent of men who have sex with other men” have the disease:


The study, titled “Syphilis: Translating Technology to Understand a Neglected Epidemic,” is part of a larger project (aka more taxpayer money wasted) to research male sex workers in the South American country. Here are some other parts of the Health Department’s project:

  • A $160,920 grant to send motivational text messages to encourage gay men to get tested for HIV.
  • A $168,197 project examining how community “skills building” can help bisexual male sex workers who work for very low wages.
  • A $323,360 grant to give “partner therapy” to Peruvian male sex workers who have gonorrhea or chlamydia.
  • $272,160 toward public health interventions to reduce HIV.
  • $754,901 toward “partner notification strategies” for male sex workers.



Wed, 02/05/2014 - 13:15 | 4404355 401K of Dooom
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Hmmm, didn't they notice that this is another, sovereign country?  Could this be a Council on Foreign Relations program?

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 13:27 | 4404383 AGuy
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"Here is what some of what that DHHS money is being spent on."

That only amounts to a few million dollars on a $220 Billion budget. Where is the rest of the 219.999,997,000 being spent?
I would gladly let the HHS spend a few million on ridiculous programs if they don't spend the 200+ Billion on whatever else the spend it on!

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 15:42 | 4404951 BooMushroom
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Confucius says "if you watch the pennies, the dollars will watch themselves."

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 14:39 | 4404636 shovelhead
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Maybe Do Chen can expand into titanium sphincter re-sleeving and pick up some of that cash.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:49 | 4404275 LawsofPhysics
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So, the government spent the majority on "security" and defense. Well, that's odd, I have been doing the same thing.

What could possibly go wrong?

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:40 | 4404276 BandGap
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"What are golf and Hawaiian vacations?" Alex.

I'll taken foreign born US presidents for $800, Alex.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:41 | 4404277 Mac Avelli
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Great, now they spend more on healthcare than anything else?!

And this is good for the country?

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:48 | 4404293 BandGap
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Uh, no. Not healthcare, sir.

HHS is foodstamps and all those wonderful free gifts people seem to enjoy so much.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:58 | 4404315 NOTaREALmerican
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Re:  HHS is foodstamps and all those wonderful free gifts people seem to enjoy so much.

Everybody wants their own socialism if the other guy is getting it.    The "conservatives" should have cut Big-MIC and Big-AG to the bone years ago and then they'd have the moral grounds to demand the peasants have their socialism cut.   But, if the "conservatives" can't figure out that Big-MIC and Big-Ag is socialism...   well,  everybody loves the socialism they are gettting rich off of, right?

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 15:01 | 4404739 artless
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HHS is Medicaid, Medicare, AND all the rest The MEDIs are going if not gone broke. Math is a bitch. And as for the Treasury budget that's who sends out the debt checks. No, not that we are paying the debt (hahahhahahahahahaha) that's just the intrest which has been continually being rolled over since they invented the little accounting trick in the 90's when John Kasich was head of House Ways and Means and Bubba was slipping cigars into interns.

With the Fed keeping rates below even the absurdly low rates of previous Regimes the "deficit" has neatly declined and the new monthly payment is lower. Kinda like when all those fucktards refinanced that underwater house they really acnnot afford now or could not realistically afford when they bought it, and magically they pay less every month. But the house is still underwater and the principle is still sitting out there waiting to be dealt with. Yeah, that's gonna end well.

And yet STILL the intrest payment is that large. Very soon it will be more than half the money atken in by FedGov every year. And it will exponentially increase FOREVER. Until we formally default.

It's math. There is no way around it. I don't give a shit how many Princeton educated assholes say otherwise.

We can eliminate ALL defense spending tomorrow, confiscate ALL the wealth of The Fortune wealthiest Americans and we will still suffer the fate I state above. If and only if we END Soc Sec, Medicare, etc and the rest of the welfare/warfare state nothing will matter.

But keep on debating Team Red and Team Blue and making excuses for the police state that is The United States. I'm sure it will all be fine.

Until it is not.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:54 | 4404310 NOTaREALmerican
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Thank God my own Big-Gov scam (Big-Fin) isn't listed on that chart. 

My socialism isn't socialism, it's an investment in our children's future!

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 13:08 | 4404338 syntaxterror
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Is there a bucket for Free Shit Army?

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 13:18 | 4404360 buzzsaw99
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I notice the bank maggots interest on the debt not included. Tyler on his mission to abolish social security again i see. Way to do the maggot's bidding dude.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 15:01 | 4404752 artless
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see comment above idiot.

Treasury pays the intrest. Toner cartridges aren't THAT expensive.

And fuck soc sec. And anyone who's on it.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 13:18 | 4404364 Gunga
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I don't see "Odious debt contracted by corrupt politicians and criminal international financial organizations in which the main stream media will attempt to convince the people it is their obligation to repay" .

Did they change the name of that one ?

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 13:22 | 4404371 Rising Sun
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where's Harry Reid's and Nancy Pelosi's cut?


now here are two vermin that need an axe handle to their face a few dozen times.


Pelosi is such a pathologically lying rotten cunt.  FUCK YOU PELOSI!!!!

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 13:30 | 4404386 AGuy
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Careful! She might just come a knocking looking for some bedroom action!

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 13:35 | 4404397 vote_libertaria...
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Isn't the Treasury difference because FNMA cut a check to them?

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 16:12 | 4405152 Smiley
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The Gestapo are more heavily funded than the military...that explains a lot.

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