April 15th, Tax Day, is notorious in the United States -- a day when millions of people fork over thousands of their hard-earned tax dollars to the federal government. But, hard-earned does not mean well-spent, as nearly half of what you pay in federal income taxes is sent directly to the Pentagon!
Schools all across the country are crumbling and our young people are now only the 17th best educated in the world; millions of people in the U.S. struggle under the weight of medical bills and the cost of health insurance; and several countries are outpacing the United States in development of clean energy technology.
With so many domestic challenges, it is simply unconscionable to spend such a massive sum on war. Tell Congress to reduce military spending and reallocate the money to critical domestic programs.
Dear [Decision Maker]:
I am writing on behalf of the War Resisters League to express my outrage over how my tax dollars are spent. I recently learned that an astonishing 48 percent of my federal income tax dollars goes straight to the Pentagon!
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The U.S. government claims that military spending accounts for only 24 percent of the federal budget, but these numbers do not reflect how my income tax dollars are spent. They do not include payments for past wars ($522 billion) and military spending contained as part of non-Department of Defense programs. If this spending is included, the total military budget jumps to $1,398 billion dollars, or 48 percent of federal funds for FY2011. Moreover, according to the Department of Defense's own statistics, military spending has increased 400 percent since 1950.
The United States faces enormous challenges at home. More funding is needed for domestic issues ranging from job creation and economic stimulus to improving our education system and building a clean energy economy.
It is simply unconscionable to spend so heavily on the Pentagon in these times of great domestic challenge. Please reduce the Pentagon budget and reallocate this money to domestic programs.