Midterm Elections Won’t Change Runaway Budget

Many voters and observers have been talking about the huge changes that could be brought about by the 2014 US midterm elections. While this may be true on a few high profile social issues, the election results will do nothing to stop the runaway freight train known as the federal government budget. Specifically, this refers to the many agencies that fall within the Executive branch of the government. Neither party has shown any inclination to slow this growth down, and that will likely remain unchanged regardless of who is in power.

To show how little impact the electorate has on this unelected portion of the government (often referred to as the ‘shadow government’), these giant bureaucracies continue to rapidly expand even as more and more Americans are struggling to survive. I have provided the gory details using Tableau Public, based on the federal government’s own staggering budget numbers from 1962 through 2015. Find the story here: Unchecked agency growth

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Ken Cherven is the Founder and Curator of the Visual-Baseball.com website. He loves to merge baseball data with all sorts of visualization methods - charts, network graphs, maps, etc. to provide greater insight into underlying data patterns. Ken also authors books about baseball and visualization, and loves to listen to jazz while drinking some wine, craft beer, or bourbon.