How Much Are You Paying for War?

How Much Are You Paying for War?

Grumbling about taxes? Of your 2014 income taxes, did you know that 40 percent supports war and preparations for war? The Pentagon and related programs take up about 27 percent. The other 13 percent covers the on-going costs of past wars and preparations for war: 6 percent for veterans, and 7 percent for interest on the military share of the national debt. Want this equation to improve?

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Shouting About OCO

Shouting About OCO

The Senate and the House have each adopted a version of the federal budget. Where do the two disagree? About how much should be in the Pentagon slush fund. So far, the Senate has not agreed to increase the "OCO" account to the $92 billion approved by the House.

OCO and Sequester

Fear-heightening headlines, depicting an emaciated sequester-stricken military budget, obscure an even scarier truth. They hide the fact that the Pentagon has largely side-stepped the effects of the Budget Control Act through the OCO account, unchecked by Congress. Now Congress wants to add even more funding to this slush fund.

FCNL Statement of Legislative Policy

"Militarization has permeated our society, skewing our national budget toward support for the military and its attendant industries and forcing our local economies increasingly to depend on them. Although national security is widely perceived to depend on military strength, more weapons do not provide more security. Military expansion provokes fear, resentment and potential retaliation."

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