Where Does the Money Go? - In their book Where Does the Money Go - Your Guided Tour to the Federal Budget Crisis, Scott Bittle & Jean Johnson explain in understandable terms where the U.S. government spends YOUR tax dollars.

In an interview with Bill Moyers, Bittle and Jean reveal that the U.S. Government has spent more money than it received in taxes for 31 of the last 35 years. Meaning, that in good times and bad, the U.S. Government is spending more than it brings in. No company, no household, no government can spend more than it receives without consequences. Companies and households go bankrupt (or get a government bail out). The government simply borrows and prints more money, which eventually leads to a financial crisis (inflation, currency collapse, etc.)

Some think the spending problem would be solved if we left IRAQ. Not so....

Between 2001 and 2007, we spent about $600 billion on the entire war on terrorism: Iraq, Afghanistan, everything else. Over that same period, we added 2.3 trillion to the debt. So the war is certainly making our financial problems worse. But it's not the sole cause, and it's not the sole answer.
~ Scott Bittle & Jean Johnson

The War on Terror is only part of the problem. Government must cut other spending as well. The big targets, social security and medicare, are the infamous "third rail" of politics (as in, touch the third rail and you die).

Politicians aren't martyrs. So it's up to us, the people, to take back the responsibility our government continues to ignore.

Bill Moyers Journal - Watch & Listen | PBS - Bill Moyers interviews Where Does the Money Go? authors Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson.

Where Does the Money Go?
Your Guided Tour to the Federal Budget Crisis
by Scott Bittle & Jean Johnson

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