That's how much of our tax money is spent on things that are within the federal government's realm of responsibility.
49% goes on Welfare/foodstamps/social security. A further 20% goes on "income security and other benefits."*
Read this. And tell me you're not pissed off.
*Full disclosure: we get the earned income tax credit. Yes, it adds up to more than we pay in, total. We would refuse it in a heartbeat if it meant that the federal government would cease handing out money taken from those who have earned it to give to those who refuse to earn it. As it is, we look at it as a refund of all the social security money that we will pay into the system, but never see a penny back from.
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