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  •  we've already got a "war tax" (3+ / 0-)
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    DRo, PSzymeczek, rsie

    fifty-three cents of every tax dollar goes to defense spending.

    The income tax is the only place where there's any progressivity in our tax code, and precious little at that--but nearly half that revenue is plowed into sustaining our military-industrial complex.

    How much of that money is spent on actual soldiers' needs and operations, and how much is spent on fancy new planes and fleets of drones and expensive, elaborate projects intended to line defense companies' pockets is something no one knows. But I'm guessing the distribution is very lopsided in favor of the latter.

    Compared to that, what's spent on veterans' benefits must be an infinitesimal fraction, and a shift of that infinitesimal fraction from military spending to the VA's budget to cover the rise in costs of veterans' care won't be missed by the defense companies.

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 03:46:59 PM PST

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