President Obama is set to release his budget proposal Wednesday morning, laying out exactly what spending and taxes he wants for fiscal year 2014. Of course, Obama hasn't had any of his budgets passed by Congress to date, but even ignoring that formality, neither he nor his predecessors have had much luck getting their budgets enacted as written. Some of that is due to exigent circumstances — OMB directors can't predict Hurricane Katrina or the North Korean invasion of the South in 1950, for instance — but a lot of it is due to Congressional opposition.
So I scrolled through presidential budget requests going back to Franklin Roosevelt's administration and calculated what presidents wanted and compared it to what they got. Then my colleagues Karen Yourish and Darla Cameron in the graphics department made this beautiful interactive out of that data:
See the whole thing here. It's a lot of fun. No, really!