Don't normally post about non-personal real world stuff on my LJ, but that doesn't mean I don't pay attention. This however struck me as interesting:
Budget documents provided by the Obama administration show that in Fiscal Year 2009 50% of all federal spending went to national defense, Social Security and Medicare. When the cost of veterans affairs are included, that number grows to 53%. Five percent (5%) paid interest on the federal debt, and 42% was used for everything else in the budget....
Rasmussen also goes on to say that according to the released income figures, these areas, Defense, SS, Medicare and debt interest equal 98 percent of federal revenues. I did some looking, and found that Defense Spending is 23% of the budget, Social Security is 20%, and Medicare (which Rasmussen doesn't point out also includes Medicaid, not just the senior citizen healthcare) is 19 percent. There are another 17% of mandatory budget expenditures which the government doesn't make enough income to cover at this point in time.
Now, I found people's perception of this interesting: However, a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that only 35% of voters believe that the majority of federal spending goes to just defense, Social Security and Medicare. Forty-four percent (44%) say it’s not true, and 20% are not sure....
But also according to Rasmussen's research: Eighty-three percent (83%) of Americans say the size of the federal budget deficit is due more to the unwillingness of politicians to cut government spending than to the reluctance of taxpayers to pay more in taxes.
My own personal conclusions? That what we want from the government and what we want to spend don't come anywhere close to matching. Ah, reality, how you can bite.
Rasmussen Reports 1
Wikipedia: United States Federal Budget
Rasmussen Reports 2