A recent Bloomberg article mentioned that the budget deficit for the 11 months ending in August was $898 billion, far more than was forecast. The article breaks down the shortfalls and the projected future deficits of up to $1 trillion.
I figured I would post a project I’ve been maintaining for a while where I graph the annual budget surplus/deficit, revenue breakdown, and spending categories for each year since 1995. My graph only goes through 2017 because I wait for the end-of-year tally, but it shows how much of the spending consists of national defense (which, following 2001 ballooned to eat up more and more of the budget), Social Security, etc.
[Note: the category of “Health” is a bit ambiguous but, according to the source data, consists of health care services, health research and training, and consumer/occupational health and safety. The category of “Income Security” almost completely consists of federal employee retirement and disability, and unemployment compensation.]