federal spending

Guess Who's Making Money? NPR

NPR expects to make a profit this year, a surprising state of affairs for a nonprofit. But with the national debate raging about whether the federal government should stop funding public broadcasting, could NPR find itself a victim of its own success?

Where's an Extra $1 Trillion in Spending Going?

Remarkably, Washington spends $1 trillion more a year now than it did a mere three years ago. But trying to figure out where all that extra money is going is no simple matter. However, a lot of slicing and dicing does yield some answers -- none of which are very satisfying.

Hocus + Pocus = The 2012 Federal Budget Plan

Like all budgets, the federal government's spending plan is all about revenues and expenditures. Unfortunately, Uncle Sam is very good at grossly overestimating tax receipts and grossly underestimating spending. It's enough to make you wonder if any of it is real.

Social Security Is in Far Worse Shape Than You Think

For years, policymakers have reassured the public that Social Security will be solvent for decades. But federal spending and income data from the Treasury reveals that Social Security is already deep in the red, with outlays exceeding payroll tax revenues by $76 billion in 2010 alone.

Tracking Uncle Sam's spending

If you're bored with keeping track of where the money goes in your household, try out a relatively new government Web site that tracks where your tax...