I’ll add that to my legislative agenda for the next session, right along with the 400% raise for myself and my friends.
- Every elected representative
US Goverment: hmmmmm no!
@seeUpee, PS: Go fvck yourself
@seeUpee, US government: My money mine mine mine mine
@seeUpee, US Government: hmmmmm no. But here’s $600
@red5standingby, government: now hold on to that... we going to get that back plus interest
The Soviet Union sacrificed itself to win the Cold War thirty years later.
No, give us more. -government-
Taxation without representation! Our officials represent themselves not us!
"Nah." - Automated Government Phone call response
The government won't do something we want because they are afraid we will get used to it
And there's a portion of the population who wants even more taxes! Yay!
Best I can do is $1400 of your own tax dollars. Don’t spend it all in one place.
@Jolee Bindo, You’re so kind! How ever may I repay you kind stranger? What’s that? You’re gonna hit me with outrageous inflation coupled with monstrous tax increases for years to come in order to offset the enormous spending I didn’t vote for nor agree to? Oh. Ok
Maybe if we didn’t spend about half our taxes on the military we could use it for useful things
@SteveTheAlpaca, we don’t. It’s not even close. We spend more tax money on social services than the military. About 3 times as much in non rona years. I don’t even want to know how far off that ratio is with all the rona bills
@BigJohnson86, 60% about goes to ssa, Medicare, and Medicaid combined. And then over 50% of discretionary spending, which is the remaining 40%,goes to the military. So while the combined social services outweighs the military, truth is that military still makes up over 20% of the budget, and is still excessively more than what most other countries do.
@Cloverleaf, the defense budget is between 15 and 20% of spending every year. They get a disproportionate amount of discretionary funds but that’s less than a third of the budget. Total they get less than 20% every year. Your numbers look the same for social services so I stand by the 1/3 analysis. 2020 and 2021 may be way off but this isn’t normal times.
@BigJohnson86, the fact remains that the military budget is still over half the discretionary budget, which is what remains after ssa, Medicare, and Medicaid. Beyond that, ssa makes up a majority of that portion those three take up. In general, military tends to be the second biggest expense.
@Cloverleaf, what would you have the second biggest expense be then? Considering that social services is far and away the number 1
@BigJohnson86, I mean that if you separate out those three that make up that 60%, military takes second place on our budget. Only ssa costs more.
As for where that money could help? Where to put money from the military? Really anywhere else. Why exactly do we need to spend so dang much on the military?
@Cloverleaf, and if you separate all the branches of military out they’re not in the top 5. That’s semantics tho.
And not having an idea of how much you wanna cut and where to use it is a terrible idea. Not trying to attack you but the politicians will just waste it on their buddies. If you have an actual idea of where and what to cut from the budget then that’s a discussion, but just saying cut their funding isn’t good enough to me. I was a parts guy in the navy and I have a list of ways to curb spending without actually reducing effectiveness. But the military is horrible with budgets and expenses because it’s such a large convoluted mess
@BigJohnson86, honestly it got severely worse after 2001. And you ask me, there’s too much screeching over the military budget that it shouldn’t be cut, when realistically we already spend far more than other nations do.
Meanwhile my agency gets cut after cut and then they complain we don’t do our job effectively, when we bring in $6 for every $1 we spend on average
@Cloverleaf, I’m not saying your wrong that military spending should be reduced. However, without a plan it’s just an opinion. And opinions are like assholes. I wanna stick my Dick in em.
The easiest reduction in spenditure is to make companies compete on the free market. We pay ridiculous money for stuff because there’s a government contract for it. We can buy it cheaper at Home Depot when we should be paying wholesale prices. But we don’t have that option we have to order through the system.
Geez when did my uncle on Facebook join funny pics
@YoYoMango, are you going to keep reusing that comment on every political post haha?
@spongeblade, Just until it “works”
@spongeblade, funny pics turned into a trove of uncle posting FB groups so quickly I hadn’t even noticed
@YoYoMango, nah. It’s just not the echo chamber you desperately crave to reconfirm your bias.
My taxes keep going up but for some reason i drive over the same MF potholes every day of my life!
Yes, they just need to tax you to get the money to do it.
its the same in the uk. we all pay road tax to drive on the roads and also pay garages to repair our cars that get fvcked up from the roads cos they never repair them. but if they do they just patch them on the cheap and they break up again in the same place..
Sorry, gotta spend all your money on maintaining massive national buildings that aren't even secure, and most of your tax dollars got spent in the past on the space program so we could feel superior to the Russians and the Chinese.
Other than income that is all local government.... call your city or town.