Your Tax Receipt

This “receipt” shows where Americans’ federal taxpayer dollars go. While it breaks things into categories that I don’t necessarily agree with that make the situation a bit less clear than it could be, the message is clear: if politicians are going to put our nation on a sound financial footing, we need serious reforms to Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, and military spending.

Those programs (not including interest on the debt which is also a big chunk) take more than 50% of your taxes. We need incoming Republicans (and Democrats) to pledge specific programs they’d cut and ways they’d move toward solvency. Paul Ryan and Ron Paul (something about the name Paul) are two politicians with serious ideas.

Newt Gingrich, on the other hand, was flat-out embarrassing when asked what specific programs he’d cut.