Paying for war
April 16, 2003
Based on information for Fiscal Year 2002 in the U.S. Government Budget, FY 2004, the medium income household in Colorado paid $4,121 in federal income taxes in 2002.
How the government spent it follows: military and defense, $1,080.51; interest on the debt (military), $244.75; interest on the debt (non-military), $688.15; health, $781.02; income security, $226.10; veterans benefits, $139.96; education, $129.82; nutrition, $104.05; natural resources, $66.21; housing, $65.76; job training, $16.43; and other, $578.19.
We spent 26.2 percent of the federal budget on military and 22.6 percent on interest on our debt. Both of the aforementioned categories are growing while health and education are declining.
How war is an inevitable byproduct of a large military industrial complex is detailed in the easy-to-read, 62-page paperback, “Addicted to War – Why the U.S. Can’t Kick Militarism,” by Joel Andreas. It was among the top 10 nonfiction paperbacks on the Los Angeles Times Bestseller List for April 6. It is available at local libraries.