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The Pentagon
Where do our tax dollars go? Mostly to the military

Republicans say they will not cooperate on raising the debt limit in mid-February unless Democrats agree to cut spending by an equivalent amount ("Trouble ahead," Jan. 2). What these trillions of tax dollars are allocated for is instructive. The Pentagon takes up more than half of all discretionary spending. Yet politicians wrangling about budget cuts — especially when they are busy amending the tax code so the wealthy contribute their share of the national tax burden — say very little about the military industrial complex. Our tax dollars — more than anything else — go to funding the military. Examples include programs like drone aircraft and cluster...