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GRAPHIC: Gary Martin

President Obama signed the “Budget Control Act of 2011” in August after it was debated for a long time in Congress. The law requires that the government cut spending by $1.5 trillion over the next ten years. While most U.S. government dollars go to the military, cuts will likely be to programs that help the poor, elderly and people out of work, and to services for youth such as school nutrition and education.