The median income family in the United States paid $3,736 in federal income taxes in 2006. Here is how that amount was spent:
Interest on the Debt (Military) $340
Interest on the Debt (Non-Military) $385
Income Security $224
Veterans' Benefits $125
Natural Resources $57
Job Training $11
More sobering news:
Non-military tools of national security claim little of the tax dollar. Spending on preventive security measures – such as diplomacy, economic development assistance, and locking down nuclear materials – amounted to only three-quarters of a penny.
While global warming becomes more alarming and verifiable, investing in renewable energy and conservation amounted to only hundredths of a penny of the federal income tax dollar.
All of our national parks, natural resources, pollution abatement and any other environmental spending came to only one and a half cents of the income tax dollar.
Meeting domestic needs such as affordable housing, nutrition and other forms of nutrition support received only a few pennies each. Health, however, comprised a large portion of the federal income tax dollar at 20 cents due to rising medical costs and increasing benefits for seniors. Nevertheless, the number and percentage of uninsured Americans continues to rise.
So next time you hear conservatives (or anyone else) complain about how domestic spending is too high, or that we need to spend more on defense and less on foreign aid, you can give them the real facts.