OK. I am just going to say it.
Tax Day should be a happily celebrated holiday, and not a stressed out, last minute, angry rant at the government for taking our money.
And yes, it is the government’s money not our money. Just because we do not directly see what we are paying for with our taxes does not mean that it is ours.
Taxes are used to pay for stuff like roads, bridges, libraries, universities, grants for college, police, fire, schools, the FBI, our court system, the military and 1000’s of employees who work for us. And they pay taxes too. Below is a listing of where the money goes.
No one wants to pay taxes…but at the same time no one wants to give up their government services either.
So are you all with me with celebrating Tax Day?
Probably not, but we all still have to eat, and I figure Tax Day is good as any to create a traditional meal.
What should be our national meal and desert to go along with that celebration?
Good question. Most families just handed over a big check to the government, or they are waiting for a refund, so the idea of a big expensive meal with a huge portion of protein is probably out.
So I am thinking pasta. Specifically a jazzed up mac and cheese dinner, with say a salad on the side.
For desert, I am thinking pie because it represents the portion of the pie you just paid in taxes. We get to eat the whole pie including the portion we paid in taxes which is ours because we get to benefit from our government.(At least that is one way to look at it.)
What kind of pie? Not sure. Maybe an apple pie because taxes are as american as…Or maybe we can go with a chocolate cream pie. Chocolate makes people feel better.
Here is a quick view of where our taxes go:
Mandatory spending: $2.184 trillion (+15.6%)
$695 billion (+4.9%) – Social Security
$453 billion (+6.6%) – Medicare
$290 billion (+12.0%) – Medicaid
$0 billion (−100%) – Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP)
$0 billion (−100%) – Financial stabilization efforts
$11 billion (+275%) – Potential disaster costs
$571 billion (−15.2%) – Other mandatory programs
$164 billion (+18.0%) – Interest on National Debt
US receipt and expenditure estimates for fiscal year 2010.
Discretionary spending: $1.368 trillion (+13.1%)
$663.7 billion (+12.7%) – Department of Defense (including Overseas Contingency Operations)
$78.7 billion (−1.7%) – Department of Health and Human Services
$72.5 billion (+2.8%) – Department of Transportation
$52.5 billion (+10.3%) – Department of Veterans Affairs
$51.7 billion (+40.9%) – Department of State and Other International Programs
$47.5 billion (+18.5%) – Department of Housing and Urban Development
$46.7 billion (+12.8%) – Department of Education
$42.7 billion (+1.2%) – Department of Homeland Security
$26.3 billion (−0.4%) – Department of Energy
$26.0 billion (+8.8%) – Department of Agriculture
$23.9 billion (−6.3%) – Department of Justice
$18.7 billion (+5.1%) – National Aeronautics and Space Administration
$13.8 billion (+48.4%) – Department of Commerce
$13.3 billion (+4.7%) – Department of Labor
$13.3 billion (+4.7%) – Department of the Treasury
$12.0 billion (+6.2%) – Department of the Interior
$10.5 billion (+34.6%) – Environmental Protection Agency
$9.7 billion (+10.2%) – Social Security Administration
$7.0 billion (+1.4%) – National Science Foundation
$5.1 billion (−3.8%) – Corps of Engineers
$5.0 billion (+100%) – National Infrastructure Bank
$1.1 billion (+22.2%) – Corporation for National and Community Service
$0.7 billion (0.0%) – Small Business Administration
$0.6 billion (−14.3%) – General Services Administration
$19.8 billion (+3.7%) – Other Agencies
$105 billion – Other