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WHERE YOUR TAX DOLLARS REALLY GO?-WHEN IS ENOUGH ENOUGH, AMERICA? The total outlays for defense spending this 2008

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WHERE YOUR TAX DOLLARS REALLY GO?—WHEN IS ENOUGH ENOUGH, AMERICA? The total outlays for defense spending this 2008 fiscal year is about $2,400,000,000,000

By Kevin A. Stoda

As I was preparing to do an End of Year report on the American budget, including monies set aside for present & past wars—including ongoing repayment of loans and the mounting medical payments for continuing health care for American Veterans of Foreign Wars etc.--, I received one of those infamous anti -governmental spending e-mails.  I have taken time to appropriate the humor, irony and satire from that particular e-mail below. Sadly, I was struck by the fact that the unknown (or un-cited author) of this on-line humor failed (miserably) to look at the need to finally put the Defense Budget and government “discretionary spending to promote and carry out wars currently”. This is quite like the quote of Jesus that people who criticize others for the way they look or act should first, “Take the log out of their own eyes.” Any American citizen or tax-payer who rightfully criticizes the federal mismanagement of all American taxes absolutely must take the log out of their eyes if and when they neglect to put the Defense Budget and related discretionary expenditures under scrutiny. See the WAR RESISTER LEAGUE’S REPORT at http://www.warresisters.org/piechart.htm The total outlays for defense spending this fiscal year is about $2,400,000,000,000. As one reads the attack on politicians which follows, Americans need to keep this in mind. ---With a growing food shortage in the world…---With the need to shift expenditures to Solar and alternative energy sources…---With the growing need to provide health care for aged, poor & middles class…---With need to get more efficient transport systems in place… There is no excuse for this practice of blind-eyeing America’s elephant in the room—the waste related to throwing money into things that go boom and have little positive multiplier effect in many parts of the economy. One of the major casualties of war and mismanaged budgets “is the Economy, stupid!”  THE INCOME TAX E-MAIL ATTACK ON BAD PRIORITIES The skewed (but somewhat accurate inflammatory) e-mail I received went as follows: The next time you hear a politician use the word "billion" in a casual manner, think about whether you want the "politicians" spending YOUR tax money.
A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency did a good job of putting that figure into some perspective in one of its releases.

A. A billion seconds ago it was 1959.

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B. A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.

C. A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age.

D. A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth on two feet.

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E. A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and 20 minutes, at the rate our government is spending it.

While this thought is still fresh in our brain, let's take a look at the WAR IN AFGHANISTAN It's amazing what you can learn with some simple division.
 Officially, the wars in Afghanistan and in Iraq are only running about $500 BILLION THIS YEAR, 2007.  [In fact, it is triple that due to discretionary spending and deferring costs for another fiscal year or more.] Interesting numbers, what does it mean?

A. Well, if you in a typical U.S.
city of one-million people , every (a) man, (b) woman, (c)child would get about $516,528 each .
B. If you have one of about 360,000  homes in such a city , your home receives $1,329,787.

C. Or, if you are a family of four, your family gets $2,066,012.   Washington, D.C .. HELLO!!! ... Are all your calculators broken??

-Tax his land,
-Tax his wage,
-Tax his bed in which he lays.
-Tax his tractor,
-Tax his mule,
-Teach him taxes are the rule.
-Tax his cow,
-Tax his goat,
-Tax his pants,
-Tax his coat.

-Tax his ties,
-Tax his shirts,
-Tax his work,
-Tax his dirt.

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-Tax his tobacco,
-Tax his drink,
-Tax him if he tries to think.
-Tax his booze,
-Tax his beers,
-If he cries,
-Tax his tears.
-Tax his bills,
-Tax his gas,
-Tax his notes,
-Tax his cash.
-Tax him good and let him know
-That after taxes, he has no dough.
-If he hollers,
-Tax him more,
-Tax him until he's good and sore.

-Tax his coffin,
-Tax his grave,
-Tax the sod in which he lays.
-Put these words upo n his tomb,
-"Taxes drove me to my doom!"
-And when he's gone,
-We won't relax,
-We'll still be after the inheritance TAX!!

-Accounts Receivable Tax
-Building Permit Tax
-CDL License Tax
-Cigarette Tax
-Corporate Income Tax
-Dog License Tax
-Federal Income Tax
-Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
-Fishing License Tax
-Food License Tax
-Fuel Perm it Tax
-Gasoline Tax
-Hunting License Tax
-Inheritance Tax
-Inventory Tax
-IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax),
-IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax),
-Liquor Tax,
-Luxury Tax,
-Marriage License Tax,
-Medicare Tax,
-Property Tax,
-Real Estate Tax,
-Service charge taxes,
-Social Security Tax,
-Road Usage Tax (Truckers),
-Sales Taxes,
-Recreational Vehicle Tax,
-School Tax,
-State Income Tax, >State Unemployment Tax (SUTA),
-Telephone Federal Excise Tax,
-Telephone Federal Universal Service Fe e Tax,
-Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Tax,
-Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax,
-Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax,
-Telephone State and Local Tax,
-Telephone Usage Charge Tax,
-Utility Tax,
-Vehicle License Registration Tax,
-Vehicle Sales Tax,
-Watercraft Registration Tax,
-Well Permit Tax,
-Workers Compensation Tax.

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KEVIN STODA-has been blessed to have either traveled in or worked in nearly 100 countries on five continents over the past two and a half decades.--He sees himself as a peace educator and have been-- a promoter of good economic and social development--making-him an enemy of my homelands humongous DEFENSE SPENDING and its focus on using weapons to try and solve global (more...)

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