How Washington spends your taxes
April 11th, 2014
09:32 AM ET
8 months ago

How Washington spends your taxes

New York (CNNMoney) – Your tax preparation software may tell you how much you owe in federal income taxes for 2013, but it won't tell you how your money is spent by the federal government.

No worries. The National Priorities Project did the math for you, based on actual federal spending in 2013.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Pete

    It's funny how the military spending is twice what goes for debts..Good thing we don't have the government doing my budget at home..I'd be broke by now..But seriously look at Ryans bill expanding military spending while cutting Medicaid,Medicare and other eccentials,now that's seriously incompetent but that's from a politician that used his millionair fathers SocialSecurity survivor benefits to put young Ryan through college on the governments dole ..And don't forget Ryans poor mom on SocialSecurity,Medicare that has two million dollars homes in two different states ,nothing like milking our government for all its worth, hypocrites...

    April 11, 2014 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Lot of abuse in disability, and GI, War money–tighten it first then talk.

    April 11, 2014 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    Military spending is exceeding it's limits. We're not fighting conventional wars yet we're spending money on conventional weaponry. That makes absolutely no sense at all. Lawmakers from both parties reserved nearly half a billion dollars in taxpayer money over the past two years to build improved versions of the 70-ton Abrams when the Army said they didn't need them. Can someone please audit the Pentagon?!?!?

    April 11, 2014 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. rs

    The U.S. still spends more than Russia, China, and the next 8 largest militaries in the world. I heard a "military analyst" on NPR this morning bemoaning that if the military gets cut, "tyrants world-wide will feel emboldened". Well, if the largest military on the planet with the best material made (including nuclear weapons) isn't enough to keep tyrants from engaging other nations, adding more soldiers (i.e. Ryan's 500,000 troop army) with more elaborate and exceedingly expensive weapons systems- how will that work? Clearly unless we are the world's policeman, no one is really going to take notice- and frankly that isn't our role- especially as the GOP cores out America- letting infrastructure decay, making poverty worse, denying health care to citizens (and veterans), cutting education, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and more.
    No, we're far stronger when the American people are well educated, employed and financially secure- then we can talk about growing the military.

    April 11, 2014 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  5. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    The category everything else is vague at best, and a complete admission of mismanagement at it's worst. Everything else, takes in a lot of territory. How much is being squandered on junkets to foreign lands, when elected officials would be better informed if they spent a little more time in their own country?

    April 11, 2014 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  6. emskadittle

    how is it that we give billionaires and giant corporations tax cuts because they are "Job Creators" but blame the President when they don't create any jobs?

    April 11, 2014 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  7. Chris-E...al

    The government spends alot paying china back ! And and gives alot to the government . A little over seas . A little to solar power that failed . A little to Chicago . A llttle to friends of friends . A little here little there . Print a little more . .

    April 11, 2014 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  8. don in albuquerque

    Amount spent on the military is obscene.

    April 11, 2014 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  9. Silence DoGood

    Huge military and things like science and education are clutter in the Everything Else category.
    It no surprise that our country likes to blow stuff up and our citizens don't accept evolution or a spherical Earth.

    April 11, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  10. rs

    emskadittle

    how is it that we give billionaires and giant corporations tax cuts because they are "Job Creators" but blame the President when they don't create any jobs?
    _____________________________
    That, sir, is the $64,000 question our Right-wing friends hoped you wouldn't ask. It is the "economic redistribution" they like, nothing more, nothing less.

    April 11, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. Sniffit

    Name me a family you know personally who spends 27% of their household budget on guns and home security.

    *crickets*

    April 11, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  12. Winston Smith

    27% for military? Why such a large amount to this piece of the pie, when we'd be much farther along if the money were spent on education, health care and paying down some of the 13.9% interest on the debt? And before any of you (so called), bastions of conservative politics spout off, one of your own warned against a military industrial complex, that may gain a life of it's own. But according to many of you, he wasn't a real republican.

    April 11, 2014 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  13. Silence DoGood

    @Chris-E...al
    The government spends alot paying china back ! And and gives alot to the government . A little over seas . A little to solar power that failed . A little to Chicago . A llttle to friends of friends . A little here little there . Print a little more . .
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    "solar power that failed".
    education and science in the Other category.
    Think about it.

    April 11, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  14. don in albuquerque

    Silence DoGood

    Sorry but if we really started educating our people they would quit voting against their own good.

    April 11, 2014 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  15. Fair is Fair

    don in albuquerque

    Amount spent on the military is obscene.
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    The amount spent on debt interest is what's TRULY obscene... and we get absolutely NOTHING out of it. No jobs, no products, NOTHING. And just wait and see how REALLY obscene it gets when interest rates go up – WHICH THEY HAVE TO DO.

    April 11, 2014 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  16. Tom l

    The debt figure is frightening. But that's ok, in Obama's budget, which was voted down 413-2, that debt would only go up since it proposes more spending. Oh, and when the gang starts talking about how he has cut the deficit, you realize that we are still spending more than we take in and his budget increases spending. Talk about being an ostrich and ignoring the real problem.

    April 11, 2014 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Pete

    It's funny how the military spending is twice what goes for debts..Good thing we don't have the government doing my budget at home..I'd be broke by now..But seriously look at Ryans bill expanding military spending while cutting Medicaid,Medicare and other eccentials,now that's seriously incompetent but that's from a politician that used his millionair fathers SocialSecurity survivor benefits to put young Ryan through college on the governments dole ..And don't forget Ryans poor mom on SocialSecurity,Medicare that has two million dollars homes in two different states ,nothing like milking our government for all its worth, hypocrites...
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    It's called kicking the ladder away to make sure that no one takes a piece the pie that you want to acquire. I would remind follks, once again, of the prophetic words of Herman Cain. "If you are not rich by now, it's your own fault." Cain was giving us a glimpse of the social engineering that IS the right wing agenda. Paul Ryan gives us another glimpse of the vision whenever he speaks about "makers and takers." Their aim is to delineate society along economic lines: the makers and the takers.

    April 11, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  18. Sniffit

    "Obama's budget, which was voted down 413-2"

    Do you know how dumb that sounds? POTUS budget proposals are never simply passed as written.

    April 11, 2014 11:07 am at 11:07 am |