Where Do My Tax Dollars Really Go?

Each month I look forward to getting my paycheck, and I don’t think I’m the only working American that feels that way, but it always pains me a little to see what’s left after taxes. Well, my agony got me a little curious, and I started looking into what the government is really doing with my money. Now, I do realize that I can’t track exactly which federal programs my paycheck goes to, but I wanted to know more about the programs that the government funds, so maybe it won’t be so painful the next time I see the amount of money they take out of my paycheck. npp-where-2015-green_large While doing some research, I found this diagram that helped me better visualize where my money is going. If we break it down to just one dollar, we can see in the diagram that the largest part of the American’s tax dollar is going towards the military, medicaid, and healthcare, and the smallest part of the dollar is going towards housing and community. Something else that I found interesting, is the amount of money being used to support the military, and the lack of money being used to support veterans. If these men and women are fighting so hard for this country, then why isn’t there a larger part of my tax dollars going towards their well being. Even though it is my money that they are taking, I have no say as to where that money goes.  I think many Americans wonder where their money is going, and we should have a right to know. If the government has the right to tax us, then we have a right to see what the Department of the Treasury is doing with it. The bigger question is whether or not the government is actually using the money for the programs in the diagram above or something entirely different. If you haven’t thought about it already, I encourage you to look into where your money is going. It is important to know what is happening in the government whether we want to know it or not, and if we choose to stay informed, we might not feel so depressed when we see the amount of money the government takes out of our paychecks.