We have grossly inadequate funding for schools, infrastructure, elder care, child-care, and a host of other programs and projects that create a more compassionate and life-affirming society. But, boy, the dollars fall like a blizzard on the military industrial security industries. Here is the real truth of where you tax dollars are going. The sums are so large I think they are essentially incomprehensible to ordinary people.
Phi Beta Iota: It is much much worse than this for two reasons: first, we borrow a trillion dollars a year — a third of the budget that is arguably 50% waste and pork; and second, “true cost economics” is not part of the equation, hence how we spend creates out-year costs in the form of an ignorant and obese public, toxins and contamination in our air, earth, and aquifers, and opportunity costs beyond imagination.