Where Your Income Tax Money Really Goes United States Federal Budget for Fiscal Year 1995, as proposed by President Clinton Analysis by War Resisters League Dollar figures for fiscal year 1995, as reported in the Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 1995. Percentages are Federal Funds, calculated after removing Trust Funds (such as Social Security) which are raised and spent separately from income taxes. The government practice of combining Trust Funds and Federal Funds (the so-called "Unified Budget") began in the 1960s during the Vietnam War. The government presentation makes the human needs portion of the budget seem larger and the military budget smaller. "Current military" spending adds together money allocated for the Department of Defense ($259 billion) plus the "defense" portion from other parts of the budget. Spending on nuclear weapons (without their delivery systems) amounts to about 1% of the total budget. "Past military" is represented by veterans' benefits plus 80% of the interest on the national debt. If there had been no military spending, most (if not all) of the national debt would have been eliminated. Analysts differ on how much of the debt stems from the military; estimates range from 50% to 100%. We feel that 80% may even be conservative. 27% Current Military--$302 billion (Military personnel $70B, Retired pay $15B, Operation and maintenance $88B, Family housing $3B, Procurement $55B, Research and development $36B, Construction $5B, DoE nuclear weapons program $11B, NASA 50% $7B, Coast Guard $3B, plus CIA, President's Funds, International "Security Assistance," FEMA) 25% Past Military--$286 Billion Veterans benefits $37B Interest on national debt (80% estimated to be created by military spending) $249B 28% Human Resources--$327 Billion Education, Health and Human Services, HUD housing subsidies, Labor Department 14% General Government--$158 Billion Government, Justice Department, International Affairs, 20% interest on national debt, civilian portion of NASA 6% Physical Resources--$66 Billion Includes Agriculture, Commerce, Energy, HUD administration/community development, Interior Department, Transportation, Environmental Protection 100% Federal Funds=$1.139 Trillion This information is taken from the War Resisters League flyer "Where Your Income Tax Money Really Goes". The flyer includes a pie chart of where the government _says_ the money goes and a comparison chart of where it really goes. It also has additional information on where opinion polls show how the American people would like the money presently spent on the military to be spent. The flyer is available from the War Resisters League, 339 Lafayette St., New York, NY 10012; (212) 228-0450 (vox), (212) 228-6193 (fax); e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org A new edition will be available after March 1, 1995.