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Scary Bailout Money Info Graphic

There’s not much I like more than a good info graphic. I’m of the school that thinks design should primarily be used to convey information in a way that’s fast and pleases the eye.  With words like “billions” & “trillions” crowding the headlines lately, I thought it was time to whip one up.

2008 Bailout Money Infographic

Pie charts are to scale. Click for full-size image.

Numbers pulled from this BoingBoing article.

  • http://www.medyum.gen.tr Medyum

    This is very misleading in multiple ways. In addition to those mentioned by others, the government is purchasing assets and/or equity with this money. So, unlike investing in a war, we’re putting the cash AT RISK, not spending it on something disposable. So, it could well be that the Uncle Sam makes a profit on this investment, unlike most of those other stuff.

  • http://www.hikaye.biz hikaye

    This information is off. Where did you get 4 trillion? And why is the term “bailout” so vague? Bank bailout? Auto Bailout? Seriously…

  • http://www.sskbank.com ssk sorgulama

    this is the worst graphic i have ever seen, why on earth would you use a pie chart for these kinds of numbers? pie charts are used to compare percentages of a whole and i don’t think there is honestly any way you can compare two pie charts whose total values are not the same… all in all, nice try, but next time try a bar chart, which would have been more appropriate here, or just go back to elementary school, where they taught you these things, and then try to write a blog!

  • http://www.zerrinegeliler.org zerrin egeliler

    This information is off. Where did you get 4 trillion? And why is the term “bailout” so vague? Bank bailout? Auto Bailout? Seriously…

  • Charley Barker

    What the pie chart above is actually telling us though we hate to admit it to ourselves is that we do not live in a capitalist democracy. We live in a two-party, security state kleptocracy. It’s apparently a traditional American condition through history to greater or lesser degrees.

    Now the corruption of democratic ideals by the moneyed and corporate classes is less hidden because it is obvious the average citizen can do nothing about it if they wanted to, which it certainly appears they do not.

    Hopefully, nobody still believes the fairy tale notion that capitalism is the same thing as a free market. There hasn’t been a “free market” in this country in my lifetime and probably most of the nations history. Furthermore, it is a quaint notion that capitalism is the road to prosperity can be laid to rest by accepting the reality that the world’s largest capitalist country is being kept from total collapse by the world’s largest communist dictatorship.

    America will be continue it’s path into second world nation status, as wages fall, unemployment grows and the ever poorer population connot sustain an economy that depends on consumerism. As for revolution, the only way we have is another Constitutional Convention. Other than that we should all know by now sheep do not revolt.

  • http://www.medyumoguz.com medyum

    If anybody belives that the taxpayer will ever see any of this money back… Well I have a bridge for sale…

    Welcome to the greatest handout of cash in the history of the world. Step right up folks, its free and no strings attached. Oh, its just for large companies to be paid by folks…..

  • http://www.modaicgiyim.com iç giyim

    I saw this same graph somewhere else, and whenever I see it, I just sigh.

    Just a big fat red pie.

  • http://www.vipgiyim.com iç giyim

    Very misleading, but great colors.

  • http://www.mbmavrupakurye.com kurye

    What the pie chart above is actually telling us though we hate to admit it to ourselves is that we do not live in a capitalist democracy. We live in a two-party, security state kleptocracy. It’s apparently a traditional American condition through history to greater or lesser degrees.

    Now the corruption of democratic ideals by the moneyed and corporate classes is less hidden because it is obvious the average citizen can do nothing about it if they wanted to, which it certainly appears they do not.

    Hopefully, nobody still believes the fairy tale notion that capitalism is the same thing as a free market. There hasn’t been a “free market” in this country in my lifetime and probably most of the nations history. Furthermore, it is a quaint notion that capitalism is the road to prosperity can be laid to rest by accepting the reality that the world’s largest capitalist country is being kept from total collapse by the world’s largest communist dictatorship.

    America will be continue it’s path into second world nation status, as wages fall, unemployment grows and the ever poorer population connot sustain an economy that depends on consumerism. As for revolution, the only way we have is another Constitutional Convention. Other than that we should all know by now sheep do not revolt.

  • http://www.yuvamkonteyner.com Konteyner

    This information is off. Where did you get 4 trillion? And why is the term “bailout” so vague? Bank bailout? Auto Bailout? Seriously…

  • http://www.yuvamkonteyner.com Konteyner

    thank you I saw this same graph somewhere else, and whenever I see it, I just sigh.

  • http://www.medyum.be medyum

    Took the words out of my mouth basically. Further to your point on the BS ‘surplus’ it was a PROJECTED BUDGET surplus. In English that means they ‘believed’ they would have extra money to pay towards debt THAT ONE YEAR. It never came to fruition as everyone took a jail break and added it on to more BS social programs and pork.

    I’m not a huge fan of either party (I vote 3rd party) but everyone who thinks this is a GOP problem that the Dems will swoop in an ‘fix’ by making LESS government involvement in our lives are either lobotomized recently or just being wilfully ignorant. Obama has ALREADY said he thinks the amount of the bailout is HALF of what he would have made it.

    If you think we are being taken for a ride now, fasten your seatbelts a bit tighter folks, it’s going to get a lot bumpier once Messiah Barack Obama Christ takes office….

  • http://www.konteyner.tv konteyner

    In my mind, Matt Cutts makes several strong points that assure me that privacy isn’t even an issue. Google, as a company, seems to have an above-average consideration for its customers and employees.

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    Absolutely insane, I am so concerned for our children.

  • http://cambalkonfiyatlari.blog.com Cam balkon modelleri

    America will be continue it’s path into second world nation status, as wages fall, unemployment grows and the ever poorer population connot sustain an economy that depends on consumerism. As for revolution, the only way we have is another Constitutional Convention. Other than that we should all know by now sheep do not revolt.