How Americans want their tax dollars spent:


Source: CNN

Category: Taxes and Policy

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13 Responses to “What Do Americans Want Their Tax Dollars Spent On?”

  1. ReductiMat says:

    That’s weird, I would’ve bet large that the number one item would have been, “Backstop risky financial gambling of a select few”.

  2. MayorQuimby says:

    Americans wanting “free stuff” is not exactly news!

  3. MidlifeNocrisis says:

    Looks like we need more women in government.

  4. theexpertisin says:

    Bring on the circus, we’ll negoatiate with the Barbarians.

    How little we have learned from the demise of great civilations.

  5. Expat says:

    What about torturing and blowing up foreign brown and tan women and children? Surely that’s a top three for Americans.

  6. crutcher says:

    It always amazes me how the military gets hardly a mention in American discussions of how to cut back on government spending. This (in)security paradox gets excellent treatment here: http://walt.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/02/11/the_insecurity_paradox_0

  7. ConscienceofaConservative says:

    Not in order of importance, but these are amongst the three highest, and I kid you not

    Space Exploration,
    A modern energy grid
    A true high speed rail between Boston & D.C.

  8. lalaland says:

    Viewing this list I have to wonder: are Americans aware the people they vote for in ‘elections’ are the ones who determine how their tax dollars are spent?

  9. Roanman says:

    The differences between men and women here are not surprising at all, as men being not only plumbed differently from women but wired differently as well, want work.

    Women want security.

  10. krice2001 says:

    @ Roanman,
    I guess we men want security as well just in a different way. Look at the difference in priority between men and women on Defense.

  11. thomas hudson says:

    then women will probably like this:

    http://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/news/?id=e20c6477-23dc-4a63-8fe9-e5b0c92d395b

    sanders and boxer to roll out carbon tax bill tomorrow.

    Under the legislation, a fee on carbon pollution emissions would fund historic investments in energy efficiency and sustainable energy technologies such as wind, solar, geothermal and biomass. The proposal also would provide rebates to consumers to offset any efforts by oil, coal or gas companies to raise prices.

    my guess is that it is doa (see the lack of sponsors to the bill), but we shall see.

  12. bear_in_mind says:

    Nowhere is the mortgage interest deduction mentioned. Am I the only one who finds that omission very suspect? Or maybe reflects how benefits derived through tax deductions aren’t perceived as spending?

    Also, if men think spending tax dollars on “job creation” and “job training” are so important (I agree, by the way), why is there so much resistance to using government resources to rebuilding America’s infrastructure? After all, you don’t see the private sector (think: Apple, H-P, IBM, Exxon, JNJ, GE) rushing-in to invest their war chests of cash to rebuild roads, bridges, aqueducts, airports, schools, etc.

  13. formerlawyer says:

    I would not read anything into the particulars of this survey: “a recent online survey of 1,000 consumers by TD Ameritrade (AMTD)” Firstly because I am not certain how the sample was selected (internet surveys tend to be self-selected) or the questions asked or even the format of the questions (multiple choice, choose and contrast etc.).

    What is constant however is the public’s ignorance of how and where state and federal funding comes from and how it gets disbursed.