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Commentary :: Human Rights
BTL:29 Cents of Every Tax Dollar Goes to Military Spending...
23 Apr 2006
...a 20% Increase since 2000 ~ Interview with Anita Dancs, research director of the National Priorities Project, conducted by Between the Lines' Melinda Tuhus
29 Cents of Every Tax Dollar Goes to Military Spending, a 20% Increase since 2000

Interview with Anita Dancs, research director of the National Priorities Project, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

As Americans filed their tax returns in mid-April, most probably didn't have a very specific idea of exactly where their money goes. That's the job of the National Priorities Project, based in Northampton, Mass. The organization explains the impact of federal policies on state and local governments. Every year the group's researchers do a rigorous analysis of the federal budget to see which areas have fared well, and which have not.

This year, the Project found that the military's share of income tax dollars has risen by 20 percent since 2000, while the share of spending for job training, environmental protection, housing and veterans' benefits have all dropped. The rise in Pentagon spending is a consequence of the nearly 70 percent increase in military outlays.

Between the Lines' spoke with Anita Dancs, research director of the National Priorities Project. She explains where U.S. federal tax dollars are being spent on both military and non-military programs.

For more information, call (413) 584-9556. Visit the Project's website at www.nationalpriorities.org to learn about where your state and community rank in terms of tax dollars sent to Washington and services received.

Related links:


Interactive tax chart: Where your tax dollar goes

The Cost of War

Economic Policy Institute at www.Epinet.org

Class Action at www.classactionnet.org

United for a Fair Economy at www.faireconomy.org

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Re: BTL:29 Cents of Every Tax Dollar Goes to Military Spending...
23 Apr 2006
Also a 50% increase under Bush for nondefense domestic spending. Outrageous.
Re: BTL:29 Cents of Every Tax Dollar Goes to Military Spending...
23 Apr 2006
The bulk of federal spending is social security, medicare and medicaid. Regardless of what defense costs are likely to be in the next two or three fiscal years, these entitlements will accelerate regardless of who is President or who controls Congress. The percent ofthe total budget of nondefense discretionalry spending as well as defense spending is likely to decrease.

The other item that will increase as a percent of total federal budget is payments on interest on federal debt. These costs cannot be avoided or the government defaults and there is economic collapse. Interest payments, like entitlements, will swallow up any ideas for major new federal spending in domesitic areas other than entitilement payments required by law. If public reaction against subsidy of illegal immigration continues, there could be some reduction, small, in entitlement increases if tough controls against payments of medicaid and education funds to illegals are enforced.

America's future is pretty well mortgaged. If you want new programs, go bother your state or local government.
Re: BTL:29 Cents of Every Tax Dollar Goes to Military Spending...
24 Apr 2006
The remainder goes to welfare cheats and illegal aliens.