2012-01 "Exposing the True Costs of War to Yolo County" chart from "Veterans For Peace" [www.veteransforpeace.org], using information from "National Priorities Project: Bringing the Federal Budget Home" [www.nationalpriorities.org]
It is long past time to end the wars, cut the defense budget, and rebuild America!
Taxpayers in Yolo County will pay $303.58 Million for Department of Defense spending in 2012.
For the same amount of money, the following could be provided:
• 36,366 - Scholarships for University Students for One Year, OR
• 54,733 - Students receiving Pell Grants of $5550, OR
• 32,026 - Military Veterans Receiving VA Medical Care for One Year, OR
• 204,973 - Children Receiving Low-Income Healthcare for One Year, OR
• 3,856 - Elementary School Teachers for One Year, OR
• 3,477 - Firefighters for One Year, OR
• 34,582 - Head Start Slots for Children for One Year, OR
• 205,355 - Households with Renewable Electricity - Solar Photovoltaic for One Year, OR
• 431,246 - Households with Renewable Electricity-Wind Power for One Year, OR
• 104,820 - People Receiving Low-Income Healthcare for One Year, OR
• 3,144 - Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officers for One Year...
Chart from "PSLweb.org":
Federal Budget 101
In Fiscal Year 2012, the federal government will spend over $3.7 trillion. That's a lot of money.
How much do you know about the federal budget?
If your answer is "not much," you're not alone. In fact, very few people have an in-depth knowledge about the federal budget process or its impact on their daily lives.
"Federal Budget 101" is designed to give you a guided tour of the budget. We outline how the federal government raises revenues and spends money, how the President and Congress enact the budget, and how much money goes into the many different federal programs.
2012-01 "People's Guide to the Federal Budget"
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Where the Money Goes – Spending -
The federal budget can basically be divided into two types of spending according to how Congress allocates the money: discretionary and mandatory. A third, much smaller part is interest on the national debt. Within mandatory and discretionary spending, there are a number of subcategories.
Discretionary spending refers to the portion of the budget which goes through the appropriations process each year. In other words, Congress directly sets the level of spending on programs which are discretionary. Congress can choose to increase or decrease spending on any of those programs in a given year.
The discretionary budget is about one-third of total federal spending. The chart below indicates how the Administration proposed dividing up discretionary spending in FY2012 as part of its annual budget request.