Misplaced Government Spending Essay

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Misplaced Government Spending

I am proud to say that I live in America, the land of opportunity. I am proud to live in one of the richest countries in the world. I guess you could say that I am a proud American. What other government has a national budget of $2 trillion? People say money can't buy happiness, but I disagree. The reason people say money doesn?t buy happiness is because they are spending it on the wrong things. Of the $2 trillion at the government?s disposal, $355.4 billion is spent on the military every year. I know that our President must fight terrorism and wants to spend billions of dollars in order to keep American citizens safe; however I don?t think that spending almost a billion dollars a day on military defense is
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Which means that these sources are paying around $658.8 billion dollars a year and the federal government contributes the other 10% (www.ed.gov). This includes expenditures not only from the Department of Education, but also from other federal agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services' Head Start program, which is a comprehensive child development program that serves children from birth to age 5, pregnant women, and their families. They are child-focused programs and have the overall goal of increasing the school readiness of young children in low-income families (http://www2.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/hsb), and the Department of Agriculture's School Lunch Program which provides nutritionally balanced, low cost or free lunches to more than 25 million students each school day (http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Lunch/ default.htm). When these are subtracted, the Department of Education is left with 6% of the total education spending. Which in turn is $55.8 billion dollars and 2.7% of the federal government's budget of $2 trillion. Despite this large amount of money spent on the American education system, it is still not a reflection its quality.

Perhaps if the government were to "trim the fat" on their national defense budget which will reach $451 billion by 2007, there might be hope for the education system in our country. Instead of spending

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