How Much of Your Taxes Pay for War?
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe have devised a “cost of war” calculator for people to determine how much of their tax dollars are going to pay for the war in Afghanistan. Oliver Wendell Holmes once famously said, “Taxes are what we pay for civilized society.” But unfortunately, they’re also what we pay when our elected officials […]
Oliver Wendell Holmes once famously said, “Taxes are what we pay for civilized society.” But unfortunately, they’re also what we pay when our elected officials make huge, expensive mistakes, and in this case, use lots of expensive weapons to kill people. According to our friends at the National Priorities Project, 27.4 percent of our income taxes will go to pay for the Afghanistan War and other military spending. Already the taxpayer is on the hook for $107.3 billion just for this year, and just for the hugely expensive Afghanistan War. Those billions of dollars are supposed to help us build up our community and lay the groundwork for a brighter future for our children but, instead, they’re being used to fight a war the American people don’t support.
This comes, of course, as people are filing their taxes, but also while there is a vicious political fight in Washington about the budget. Unfortunately politicians aren’t feeling the squeeze when it comes to paying for unnecessary wars.