Tax dollars fund war

Posted: Monday, April 30, 2007

The following list of where our tax dollars go is from a flyer produced by the Friends Committee on National Legislation:

· 41 cents for war of which (28 cents) is for war and preparing for war, and (13 cents) is for obligations from past wars, including veterans programs and interest on the military portion of the national debt;

· 19 cents for health programs, including Medicaid, which provides nursing home care for the elderly poor, and health care for the poor and disabled and parts of Medicare, which subsidizes health care for older Americans;

· 12 cents to respond to poverty in the U.S. with food programs, housing assistance, income supports and energy assistance;

· 10 cents for interest on the nonmilitary portion of the national debt;

· 1 cent for humanitarian aid, diplomatic missions, and international cooperation;

· 5 cents to promote community and economic development, including agricultural programs, highways and mass transit and federal communications commission;

· 4 cents to run the government, including law enforcement, homeland security and benefits for government employees;

· 5 cents for education, job training, employment and social services; and

·3 cents for science, energy and environmental programs.

Jeff Dean


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