Talk:2007 United States federal budget

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Military Spending / War on Terror[edit]

Shouldn't a distinction be made between what is labeled "War on Terror" spending and what is labeled Iraq-War spending? The $120 billion supplementary spending is currently labeled as going towards the "War on Terror," when it is my understanding that the vast majority of it is actually going towards the War in Iraq. It would be extremely POV (and factually incorrect) for Wikipedia to call the Iraq War the War on Terror. -Thucydides411 10:45, 18 October 2007 (UTC)

Foreign aid[edit]

What was the figure on foreign aid? Development aid says $17 billion, but it doesn't say which year that is for. -- Beland 00:35, 6 February 2007 (UTC)

There probably is no single line item "foreign aid"; it's most probably scattered throughout in various programs with various nations & NGOs. It's scattered among several departments, State, Defense, Treasury and other agencies. "Foreign Aid" is really more of a journalistic, media, or candidate-on-the-stump attention getting phrase. Have Gun, Will Travel 03:10, 9 February 2007 (UTC)


The Department of Energy budget is $23 billion according to the official document. Why is it listed as $1 billion here? 04:58, 16 May 2007 (UTC)

That's the 2008 budget, this is 2007. LonelyPker 19:24, 20 May 2007 (UTC)

Another item: The 2007 deficit is listed as "244.2 billion" but the referenced link shows it was $160.7 billion. 2007 is of special interest since it is cherry-picked because it was a low deficit year for the Bush administration. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Paulagrace (talkcontribs) 02:13, 9 March 2011 (UTC)

Spending -699B[edit]

Where does this info come from? And according to, the U.S. government spends 50B on the War on Terrorism(WoT) 2007.

-The link you provide shows clearly in the preceding sentence that the $50B excludes hundreds of billions of dollars spent on warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan that the DoD seems not to consider part of the "WoT". Paulagrace (talk) 23:47, 30 September 2011 (UTC)

Total spending[edit]

Why don't the figures match the pie chart? For example, what percentage of the budget is unemployment and welfare? MoodyGroove 23:21, 10 June 2007 (UTC)MoodyGroove

The Defence spending also doesn't match the chart - is it $699, or $499? If it's $699, then it should be ranked at the top, instead of second. 20:00, 27 June 2007 (UTC)

I noticed the same problem above and googled the statement "Now That You Understand the U.S. Defense Budget, What Does It Mean?" because it seemed to be copy/pasted. The section on defense reads word for word from an article: "U.S. Military Budget - DoD Base Spending: The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has the single largest budget of any government agency in the discretionary budget. " Found at [1] Also sources are stated in text like an essay.Avigon 16:48, 6 July 2007 (UTC)

Federal law requires SS to be off budget because its fully funded. Why are we still using a chart that shows it on budget? Such on budget charts hide where the money is really going and use the SS funds to hide the real debt..--Sattmaster (talk) 14:14, 5 December 2010 (UTC)

Lack of Sources and Citations[edit]

Questions on the discussion page remain unanswered to date, and no sources have been cited by the contributors as of yet, so this article should be flagged.

Here's a source that should be useful for any authors trying to update this and any other U.S. Government budget articles. It summarizes the history of the U.S. Government budget. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:42, 10 November 2007 (UTC)

Military budget[edit]

What is this section doing here? There's already a Military budget of the United States article. 02:18, 17 August 2007 (UTC)

Total Receipts and Total Spending Innacuracies[edit]

While I cannot comment on the accuracy of specific numbers in these sections, a quick look shows that the percentages attributed to each component is NOT accurate. For example in Total Receipts, Individual income tax is shown as $1.1 trillion (+12.1%) while Other is shown as $48.4 billion (+14.0%). I believe that $1.1 trillion should account for a larger percentage than $48.4 billion. Since I cannot confirm the accuracy of the numbers I won't change the percentages, but all of this needs to be updated/confirmed. Schatzw 22:01, 17 September 2007 (UTC)

  • My impression is that the percntages are changes from last year. In other words, the income tax receipts increased from last year BY 12.1%. It is not that tax receipts make up 12.1% of federal income. megarockman 13:43, 25 September 2007 (CDT) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)


The Iraq and Afghanistan war do not come out of the defense budget, they are appropriations, please reduce the number by $120 billion. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:14, 26 October 2007 (UTC)

Pie Chart[edit]

I added a pie chart of the FY07 budget to make it easier to understand the budget. I think it is essential to have a graphic presentation of these numbers for comprehension. The numbers for the pie chart were taken directly from the article. The percentages were not used, just the dollars. Please discuss before deleting the image. Hilfychan (talk) 15:30, 23 December 2007 (UTC)

In the pie chart, the US Department for Veteran Affairs doesn't have a corresponding number, it's labeled 0.00. Managore (talk) 16:47, 5 August 2008 (UTC)

Dead link[edit]

During several automated bot runs the following external link was found to be unavailable. Please check if the link is in fact down and fix or remove it in that case!

--JeffGBot (talk) 19:45, 15 June 2011 (UTC)

Indeed. Link removed. (talk) 17:12, 6 November 2015 (UTC)