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From taxes to transport: visualizing America's $27 trillion debt

American debt has changed rapidly over the years. Image: Unsplash/Augusto Navarro

Marcus Lu

Financial Writer, Visual Capitalist

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United Sates America total public debt USD billions social protection defense
A breakdown of the U.S. debt. Image: Visual Capitalist
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United Sates America total public debt USD billions
in 1995, the public debt accounted for 63% of the countries GDP. Image: Federal Reserve, U.S. Treasury
United Sates America debt debt budget surplus deficit billions USD
Public debt has changed massively in just a four year period. Image: Federal Reserve
United Sates America debt federal spending health social security income security
Health programs account for $1,121B on mandatory spending. Image: Peter G. Peterson Foundation
United Sates America debt federal spending defense trasnportation
National defense accounts for $677B Image: Peter G. Peterson Foundation
Federal incomes United Sates America debt income tax revenue
Individual income taxes account for 50% of total revenue. Image: Peter G. Peterson Foundation
Federal spending United States America debt finance.
Veteran benfits and services account for $1.5T of federal spending. Image: Federal Reserve, U.S. Treasury
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