A New Perspective on the US Budget

My natural tendency is to think of "remove eight zeroes" as a subtractive operation, as in "take away $99,999,999," but it's division. The difference is eight orders of magnitude, as in "divide by 100,000,000."

There are about 115 million households in the US.  That's about $18,800 per household in federal revenues and $33,200 in expenditures. These numbers represent revenue and expenditures at the Federal level only.

Note the numbers depicted at right are out of sync with current data, so they are likely from a recent year.