More Than 53% of Your Tax Payment Goes to the Military

Atomic BombI think this 53 percent number is debatable, but I don’t doubt that the U.S. government’s (i.e. the taxpayer’s) greatest expense is the military. Dave Lindorff writes on Common Dreams:

If you’re like me, now that we’re in the week that federal income taxes are due, you are finally starting to collect your records and prepare for the ordeal. Either way, whether you are a procrastinator like me, or have already finished and know how much you have paid to the government, it is a good time to stop and consider how much of your money goes to pay for our bloated and largely useless and pointless military.

The budget for the 2011 fiscal year, which has to be voted by Congress by this Oct. 1, looks to be about $3 trillion, not counting the funds collected for Social Security (since the Vietnam War, the government has included the Social Security Trust Fund in the budget as a way to make the cost of America’s imperial military adventures seem smaller in comparison to the total cost of government). Meanwhile, the military share of the budget works out to about $1.6 trillion.

That figure includes the Pentagon budget request of $708 billion, plus an estimated $200 billion in supplemental funding, called “overseas contingency funding” in euphemistic White House-speak), to fund the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, some $40 billion or more in “black box” intelligence agency funding, $94 billion in non-DOD military spending, $100 billion in veterans benefits and health care spending, and $400 billion in interest on debt raised to pay for prior wars and the standing military.

The 2011 military budget, by the way, is the largest in history, not just in actual dollars, but in inflation adjusted dollars, exceeding even the spending in World War II, when the nation was on an all-out military footing.

Military spending in all its myriad forms works out to represent 53.3% of total US federal spending.

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4 Responses to More Than 53% of Your Tax Payment Goes to the Military

  1. dwinkle April 20, 2010 at 8:15 am #

    Sure, as long as you don't consider Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment, state, local, sales, gas, and other taxes as “tax”. It's not like one dime of Social Security is ever going to me or anyone I know.

  2. Daveww2 July 16, 2010 at 10:48 am #

    The Federal Government is doing it's job to defend our country, not creating & funding social welfare programs, that should be falling to the states.

    Dis-information… 53% is dis-information. It's much less than that. Social & welfare Programs and intitlments eat up more of the federal Budget than the Military.

  3. Yep July 20, 2010 at 4:04 pm #

    Military is bankrupting the USA. Keeping us less free and less safe.

  4. Yep July 20, 2010 at 11:04 am #

    Military is bankrupting the USA. Keeping us less free and less safe.

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