It’s budget day, but don’t believe everything you read in the budget!

Later this morning, the White House will release its annual budget. Every year, the White House includes spending projections going out 10 years. These projections serve mostly as a reminder that while predicting the future is a fool's game, that doesn't stop presidents from putting on their rose-colored glasses and trying their best.

Below we've charted federal spending from 2005 to 2014 in several categories, alongside presidential budgetary predictions from five years prior.

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Christopher Ingraham writes about politics, drug policy and all things data. He previously worked at the Brookings Institution and the Pew Research Center.
Darla makes graphics that tell stories at the intersection of business and politics (especially when there are maps involved). Before joining the Post, she worked at the Tampa Bay Times and graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism.
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Christopher Ingraham · March 4, 2014