What should be done with how our income taxes get spent?

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    whitehouse.gov/2011-taxreceipt

    Your 2011 Federal Taxpayer Receipt

    I'm going with the assumption that the list is accurate.

    If most Americans believe that tax payer money (federal income tax) could be better spent, what specific cuts should be made based on how the tax dollars are presently allocated?

    what spending/allocation of resources can be increased for the better of the federal budget and America in general?

    I would appreciate how much of an impact you believe your changes would make in the short and long term.



    Income Tax % of Total Income

    National Defense 24.9%

    Health care 23.7%

    Job and Family Security 19.1%

    Education and Job Training 3.6%

    Veterans Benefits 4.5%

    Natural Resources, Energy, and Environment 2.0%

    International Affairs 1.6%

    Science, Space, and Technology Programs 1.0%

    Immigration, Law Enforcement, and Administration of Justice 2.0%

    Agriculture 0.7%

    Community, Area, and Regional Development 0.5%

    Response to Natural Disasters 0.4%

    Additional Government Programs 7.9%

    Net Interest 8.1%
     
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    You need to look at how every federal dollar is spent, rather than just federal income tax.
     
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    I don't know which category it is under but according to the ad I just saw on here, they are letting everyone know they can now get a free cell phone if they can't afford it. Actually I do know it is a real program, along with internet, etc. Been going on for awhile now. Our good ole tax dollars at work.
     
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    There are many abuse projects out there, all funded with borrowed money we all pay the interest on.
     
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    The Federal budget should be devoted to paying for things that are the federal government's core responsibilities. Other things, like education, arts, comunity development, etc are not the federal government's responsibility.
     
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    Bunch of us drive to Myrtle Beach each November for a week of golf.

    Spend more, much more on the I73-I74 corridor and complete that blasted freeway to Myrtle Beach, already!!!
     
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    Welcome THomas.

    If the budget and finance of the USA was THIS SIMPLE -- it wouldn't take thousands of pages to print one. This list doesn't show the 1/2 of it and it doesn't show the impending disaster for programs and deficits that continue to bloom..

    For instance -- Net Interest is currently HISTORICALLY LOW because of the suppressed interest rates and monetary policy.. Should we continue to ignore the fact that we're writing Soc Sec checks and 40cents on every dollar with BORRIED money now -- that 8% number could EASILY BECOME 20% of more of the expenditures in the near future.

    The list does not show TAX rebates and subsidies where GE gets $100 for every washer/dryer they sell. Similiarly it doesn't show LOANS that are written to bet on companies or foreign nations.

    In another thread today I was AMAZED at the groundswell to cut or eliminate the TSA. Times change quickly. Similiarly there is WIDESPREAD support to END the pretense that the FEDS should be funding the Dept of Ed at all. Add to that the Dept of Commerce, and half of the Dept of Energy and you've got some savings.

    The more the govt THINKS it can mangle -- the less efficient and attentive it becomes to BASIC tasks like ensuring honest elections and monitoring the border. There is an ENDLESS JUNGLE of cuts that should be made TODAY...
     
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    Adding in FICA would drive all of those numbers down (they'd keep the same relationship to each other though), and Social Security plus Medicare would be a large chunk.
     
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    But is large-scale abuse actually occurring? Seems doubtful.
     
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    It seems encouraged. Seems it's all about creating dependency and buying votes.
     

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