What if you decided how government spends your taxes?


Are you annoyed that $12.8 trillion of U.S. money has gone to bail out the financial industry? Do you wish that more of that money could have gone to strengthening education or the military or helping you pay off your mortgage? Do you feel that it's wrong for you to work hard and play by the rules only to see your hard earned tax dollars go to help bail out some rich bankers who brought the financial system to the edge of a global catastrophe? If so, you're probably not be alone.

But the simple fact is that the whole idea of taxpayer money is misleading. If you earn a monthly paycheck, you may have noticed that a big chunk of that money never even reaches your bank account. While you may feel that the government is taking "your" money, it was never really yours to start with.

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