Asked by: jimbensch-ga
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08 Feb 2005 06:53 PST
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Question ID: 471002
What is the percentage of the federal budget spent on defence and the percentage spent on social programs. What is percentage breakdown of last years federal budget. i.e % of defence, social etc.
Re: federal budget
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 08 Feb 2005 08:40 PST
Jim, I'm glad I was able to help you out on this one. Just to repeat the link I provided, the pie chart you need is here: http://www.warresisters.org/piechart.htm It shows the military portion of federal outlays amounting to 28%, plus another 18% associated with "past military" expenses (veteran's benefits, debt, etc). 33% of the budget goes to "human resources". Again, let me know if you need anything else on this. paf search strategy -- Google search on [ federal budget "pie chart" ]
Re: federal budget
From: jack_of_few_trades-ga on 08 Feb 2005 10:05 PST
Just a quick note from this part of the peanut gallery: The link provided clearly has a distinct agenda for putting out their information. I didn't check their numbers, however the pie chart quoted (the big one on the page) is not the correct answer to the question. The question asked about the "percentage of the federal budget", and it seems obvious to me that social security is a large part of the federal budget (wheras the answer suggests that social security is not part of the federal budget). I would like to expect to find a less biased link in a google answer about an unbiased question. If the question itself seemed biased in this direction (ie the question stated that social security is not part of the federal budget and that the questioner is trying to make a claim that the US is wasting too much money on Iraq) then this site would be perfect, however Jimbensch made no such claims.
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