Corporations have hijacked military

In tax season, most of us think more about getting our forms in on time - and getting our refunds - than about where our tax dollars actually go.

It’s probably no surprise that a significant portion - 24 cents out of every dollar - of your taxes go to the military. But where those dollars go from there should be a national scandal.

Out of those 24 cents, just five cents go to our troops. But 12 cents go to corporate military contractors.

For a country that claims to celebrate our troops, with holidays and yellow ribbons and patriotic displays of the flag, we sure don’t put our money where our mouth is. Every year for tax day, my organization looks at where our tax dollars go. And every year, far more money goes to Pentagon contractors than to our troops.

All told, the average taxpayer handed over $1,704 to Pentagon contractors last year, compared to $683 for military pay, housing, and other benefits (except military health care, which has its own agency). Still, the taxes we pay for military contractors are more than twice as much as the average contribution for veterans’ health and benefits ($833).

 

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