Tax Day: A Third Of Your Tax Money Is Spent On Wars And Security

If you are a US citizens ,or a resident with income in the United States, today is the IRS deadline to file your tax return unless you have  filed for  an extension. In Washington, the “talk of the town” is the ballooning budget deficit and finding ways to cut it. However, because 99 percent of America’s political class, Democrats and Republicans alike, are not willing to address the real issues behind the disarray of the US economy, the $ 1.5 trillion pound gorilla in the room which represents war and “security” spending will keep running amok. Currently, the United States borrows 40 cents of each federal dollar spent and a very large portion of this debt get swallowed by the black hole that is the industrial-military complex.

In fiscal-year 2010, the US Department of Defense budget accounted for 20 percent of the US federal budget or 28 percent of tax revenues. However, if non-direct DOD expenditures are included, defense spending was approximately 35 percent of total budget expenditure. According to the Congressional Budget Office, defense spending grew 9 percent annually between fiscal-year 2000 and fiscal-year 2009. For fiscal-year 2010, Department of Defense spending amounted to 5 percent of the United States GDP. For fiscal-year 2012, defense and security expenditures combined are projected to be between $ 1.030 and $1.5 trillion.

To maintain the empire, kill people in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Libya and elsewhere, and give American citizens  a fake sense of security at home, your tax dollars will be spent as follow for fiscal-year 2012: The base budget and “overseas contingency operations” for the Department of Defense will be $707.5 billions; the FBI counter-terrorism cost will reach $2.7 billions; energy department defense related spending will stand at $21.8 billions; veterans affairs will cost taxpayers $70 billions, veterans pensions $54.6 billions; and, last but not least, the interest on debt incurred in past wars will be at around $300 billions.

In comparison with other countries military spending, in 2009 the United States military spending accounted for 40 percent of global defense expenditure. It is currently six times higher than the military budget of China. The United States is responsible for between 2/3 and 3/4 of worldwide military spending. Talking about fiscal responsibility without addressing the madness of war and security spending is a farce played at the expense of the American people. If America’s political class was serious about the budget deficit issue, they would first reconsider the United States imperialist policies which have been bleeding the US treasury dry since World War II.

This $1.5 trillion a year monstrosity created to maintain the empire and sold to Americans as a “necessity to keep America safe” is only benefiting the industrial-military complex. Americans should demand from their elected official to re-think this road to perdition by requesting that the US military gets out of Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Japan, Germany, South Korea etc. Otherwise, this country will keep disintegrating from within, go bankrupt and eventually collapse.


7 Responses to Tax Day: A Third Of Your Tax Money Is Spent On Wars And Security

  1. novenator April 15, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    This doesn’t even account for all the hidden military and security state expenditures either. Overall, excluding social security (which is supposed to be an independent entity), military-related expenditures account for over HALF the US budget (and 1/2 of your tax dollars).

    • Gilbert Mercier
      Gilbert Mercier April 15, 2011 at 12:30 pm

      Well, technically no. The overall military & security expenditure is between 38 percent to 45 percent of the federal budget. But if you compute long term medical costs for veterans, and reconstruction “aid” (after destroying them) for countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq etc, then you get into the territory you indicated (around 50 percent). Regardless of the actual numbers, this policy is pure madness.

  2. icecycle66 April 16, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    How about maintaining security while not going to war with everyone. Here’s a way:

    I’m fine with paying for my own security, but not necessarily with testing the security of other people.

  3. CV April 16, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    April 18th is the deadline this year, due to a DC holiday.

    • Gilbert Mercier
      Gilbert Mercier April 16, 2011 at 8:07 pm

      Your “correction” has absolutely no value or impact on the context of this article. This three days “grace period” provided by the IRS (including a Saturday & a Sunday) is as meaningful as your comment.

      • CV April 17, 2011 at 7:13 am

        I have nothing against your article, and no comment on it, really. You might call it nitpicky since of course the due date of April 18th wouldn’t change any of what you wrote elsewhere, I just thought that since it is in the first sentence, it should be reflective of the reality of the due date for 2011. I’m not advocating for anything, just pointing out the correct date the IRS set for this year. How you choose to represent that is up to you.

  4. Jesse April 17, 2011 at 5:50 am

    You all will be singing a different tune when China starts to expand her borders. Then you’ll start realize the mistake of making the argument of downsizing our military.

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