Monday, March 21, 2005

Indicators

from the Progressive Review

42% OF TAX DOLLARS GO TO WAR: Tax day is April 15. Did you know that about 42% of our income taxes this year will go for military purposes. This figure is computed based on federal funds outlays in fiscal year 2004 of $1.7 trillion. The federal funds budget includes spending for all discretionary programs (for which Congress appropriates funds each year) and for all mandatory programs such as Medicaid, food stamps, Earned Income Tax Credit, and other needs-based programs (which are paid for out of general revenues). The federal funds budget does not include spending by trust funds such as Social Security and Medicare, as these are paid for through separate, dedicated payroll taxes--not income taxes. [Friends Committee on National Legislation]

AN NBC NEWS POLL finds that 57% of Americans believe in the Biblical account of creation as opposed to only 33% who believe in the scientific explanation of evolution. 44% believe the world was created in six days.

ACCORDING TO THE LATEST NEWSWEEK POLL, 59% of Americans disapprove of how George Bush is handling Social Security. Only 33% approve.

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