I usually don’t mind paying tax, I consider it as being part of an organized society. It always hurts a bit of course (greedy, greedy) but I happen to earn enough money to have a comfortable life and don’t mind giving part of it to help those who really need it. So that’s more or less my ideal tax spending budget: a part for services to the society at large (police, schools, justice, research, …) and a part to help the ones in difficulty (social security, medicare, unemployment, …).

So I was wondering how my tax money was used here, especially federal tax (the biggest part of it). Here it is:

Tax usage for FY2006

Source: National Priorities Project

Yeah, the military and interest parts kind of hurt. I’ll let you meditate on these figures and how much you personally give for each of these little pie slices.