Spending our tax dollars

Because the Holidays are approaching, I got in the mail The Most Important Gift Catalog in the World: Heifer International.  Each page has a nice photo, with kids, of course, a description of the animal (Heifers for the Holidays, Gift of Goat), and the cost of each (Gift of a Heifer: $500; Share of a Heifer: $50).

So I thought that we should get a catalogue for how we want to spend our tax dollars.  (I have gotten all of the text and the corresponding photos from the web.  Couldn’t find a photo of a shortnose sturgeon with a kid, however.)

WAR IN AFGHANISTAN

The War in Afghanistan began on October 7, 2001 as the US military’s Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) was launched, along with the British military, in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks on the US.  The character of the war evolved from a violent struggle by U.S.-led forces against Al-Qaeda and its Taliban supporters, to a complex counterinsurgency effort by U.S.-led forces, against Afghans who claim to be trying to expel those U.S.-led forces. The war has killed tens of thousands of people, the majority of whom have been civilians.

Sponsor a soldier for one day:  $2,740
Sponsor one BLU 97/B bomblet:  $60

NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM

The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (79 P.L. 396, 60 Stat. 230) is a United States federal law signed by President Harry S. Truman in 1946. The act created the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), a program to provide low cost or free school lunch meals to qualified students through subsidies to schools. The program was established as a way to prop up food prices by absorbing farm surpluses, while at the same time providing food to school age children.

Sponsor a school lunch for one child for one year: $285
Sponsor one lunch for one child for one day: $2

SOCIAL SECURITY

In the United States, Social Security refers to the federal Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program.  The original Social Security Act (1935) and the current version of the Act, as amended encompass several social welfare and social insurance programs. The larger and better known programs are:

  • Federal Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance
  • Unemployment benefits
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Health Insurance for Aged and Disabled (Medicare)
  • Grants to States for Medical Assistance Programs (Medicaid)
  • State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Sponsor a disabled worker for a month: $1,066
Sponsor a child for a month: $750

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is an agency of the federal government of the United States charged with protecting human health and the environment, by writing and enforcing regulations based on laws passed by Congress. The EPA was proposed by President Richard Nixon and began operation on December 3, 1970, after Nixon submitted a reorganization plan to Congress and it was ratified by committee hearings in the House and Senate.  The agency is led by its Administrator, who is appointed by the president and approved by Congress. The EPA is not a Cabinet department, but the administrator is normally given cabinet rank. The agency has approximately 18,000 full-time employees.

Sponsor one endangered shortnose sturgeon: $1,430

Anyway, you get the idea.  Game?

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2 Responses to “Spending our tax dollars”

  1. dick Says:

    I’m totally game for your tax idea. We’d be more involved that way…
    d

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