U.S. Federal Budget for Fiscal Year 2013 Pie Chart

US FY2013 Federal Budget piechart_stillThe  Where Your Income Tax Money Really Goes Fact Sheet 2013  was compiled by the War Resisters League as one of their GDAMS materials in 2012.

You may do a similar research on how your own government is using your tax money and take note of its military spending.

Courtesy of and special thanks to National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC) and  War Resisters League 

 

 

 

PULL THE PORK From the Pentagon

“USAction and allies across the country are holding events nationwide to rein in wasteful Pentagon spending.

A diverse coalition of 119 national progressive organizations representing millions of Americans have have already signed on to a letter to Congress calling for just that.

We must cut the things we don’t need, including Pentagon pork, to pay for the things we do like education, Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. It’s time Congress listened to us and invested in our priorities. The middle class is the source of American power, not Pentagon CEOs.

As a decade of wars comes to a close, it’s time to rein in wasteful spending and pull the pork from the Pentagon. We can reduce the bloated Pentagon budget by $50-$100 billion a year without harming our national security or our troops.

Get Involved

Join a local event or create a new event of your own. 

Check out our Day of Action toolkit including printable posters and more to help make it happen!

Source: PULL THE PORK.org

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