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Swier, Rich. "Who Benefits from Government Spending?" Chart. N.p. Web. 10 Nov. 2014.

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This image states the percents in which the government spends money. Most of it is important for all U.S. citizens, but it's surprising how that other 7% actually gets spent. We are taxed and money is drawn from our income to pay for research and studies we didn't agree on. Why should U.S. citizens have to pay for certain things they may not agree with or may even be against? Government spending isn't controlled enough to keep it's uses smartly chosen. What's most important should stay important. Medicare, Medicaid and other healthcare is most important for Americans. The government doesn't need to be funding studies that should be finding other alternatives to funding themselves. 

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Tax System Seen as Unfair, in Need of Overhaul

Tax System Seen as Unfair, in Need of Overhaul | Is Our Tax System Really Fair? | Scoop.it
Overview Public dissatisfaction with the tax system has grown over the past decade, and the focus of the public’s frustration is not how much they themselves
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Tax System Seen as Unfair, in Need of Overhaul. Pew Research Center. N.p. 20 Dec. 2011. Web. 10 Nov. 2014.

<http://www.people-press.org/2011/12/20/tax-system-seen-as-unfair-in-need-of-overhaul/#

In this organization website, the writer discusses the most heard complaint in tax paying: the wealthy not paying fair share. A lot of people feel this way and in most cases it's true. Although, a lot of the wealthy have earned their living from hard work and there is a point where it becomes too much to tax them more because they make more. It's unfair if they don't pay their fair share, but if they have to pay more, then it becomes a problem. There are different views on the fairness of taxing the bottom, middle, and top. The low-income workers believe the wealthy should have a higher tax percent and the wealthy believe they shouldn't have to pay more. The tax system overall is unfair to everyone except the government.

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25 Craziest Things The U.S. Government Spends Money On - YouTube

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25 Craziest Things The U.S. Government Spends Money On. List25. Youtube. 12 Feb. 2012. Web. 9 Nov. 2014.

<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmDp8DyasbE

In this video, the speaker names 25 different ways the government chooses to spend the money given to them through taxes. The government has spent loads of money on researches like studying cow burps. Not only is this irrelevant to helping the government, it effects the economy in a negative way. It's amazing what some of our income is being wasted on. Even benefit checks to federal employees are misused because the employees they're checked to are deceased. If we had more organized government spending that everyone agreed on, problems like this wouldn't be found. 

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Elizabeth Malm on Amendment 66 in Colorado

Elizabeth Malm on Amendment 66 in Colorado | Is Our Tax System Really Fair? | Scoop.it
Tax Foundation Economist Elizabeth Malm discusses her new study on the economic effects of Amendment 66 that found the increased taxes on low and middle income earners and small businesses could prove harmful to Colorado's economy.
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Borean, Richard. Interview with Elizabeth Malm. "Elizabeth Malm on Amendment 66 in Colorado." taxfoundation.org. Tax Foundation, 17 Oct. 2013. Web. 10 Nov. 2014.

<http://taxfoundation.org/podcast/elizabeth-malm-amendment-66-colorado

This podcast interview discusses the outcome of the Amendment 66 in Colorado if it had passed. Elizabeth says, "This is going to increase the tax rate for everyone ... it's not like this is just raising income taxes on the wealthy or the upper middle class, it's raising it on everybody and that includes people at the bottom, the middle, and the top." This would have raised income taxes on even the lower income taxpayers, some of which may not have any need for public school. The amendment would have also affected certain businesses and firms. Overall, the use of government spending would have been spent wisely, but the timing would not have been planned well. Raising the income taxes in 2013 would have produced more negative effects, than positive effects. Education is important, but the decision would not have been wise because we have just recently gotten out of a recession.

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Sean Hannity on Ridiculous Examples of Government Spending (VIDEO)

Sean Hannity on Ridiculous Examples of Government Spending (VIDEO) | Is Our Tax System Really Fair? | Scoop.it
Heritage's list of the 15 most ridiculous examples of government spending made it on Fox News' Sean Hannity prime-time TV show last night.
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Hannity, Sean. Ridiculous Examples of Government Spending. Rob Bluey. The Daily Signal. 21 Aug. 2013. Web. 10 Nov. 2014.

http://dailysignal.com/2013/08/21/meet-the-one-person-willing-to-defend-the-most-ridiculous-examples-of-government-spending/

The purpose of this video is to explain how government spending is in a sense, as Hannity says, "robbing our kids blind to pay for this garbage." When we could instead use that money to pay for people in need. Studies shouldn't be put ahead of people. Most of the studies aren't helpful enough to do any good for the United States. The government didn't even allow citizens to vote for what it should actually be spending their money on at the least. If taxing was actually fair, U.S. citizens would have a say in how their government spends their hard-earned money. 

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Celis and DelBene spar on Hobby Lobby, government spending

Celis and DelBene spar on Hobby Lobby, government spending | Is Our Tax System Really Fair? | Scoop.it
Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene and her Republican challenger Pedro Celis returned to their former employer Wednesday for a televised debate at Microsoft's Redmond campus. Both candidates for the 1st Congressional District seat are Microsoft alums – Celis a top database software engineer and DelBene a marketing vice president. While both largely stuck...
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Brunner, Jim. "Celis and DelBene Spar on Hobby Lobby, Government Spending." Politics Northwest. The Seattle Times, 15 Oct. 2014. Web. 10 Nov. 2014.

<http://blogs.seattletimes.com/politicsnorthwest/2014/10/15/celis-and-delbene-spar-on-hobby-lobby-government-spending/

In this blog, Brunner writes about Hobby Lobby's decision to refuse paying for certain kinds of contraceptives under the Affordable Care Act. It's unfair for the government to force corporations to pay for those things if doing so is against the religious beliefs of the owner. Hobby Lobby isn't trying to prevent medical care. It doesn't go that far. Contraceptives relate to a person's decision to allow the possibility of pregnancy or diseases. So if a person decides to allow that possibility, they should take the responsibility. No one should have to pay for someone else's mistake. Specifically, if it goes against the other's beliefs. 

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SC Gov. Haley proposes $160 million in new school spending | Politics | The State

SC Gov. Haley proposes $160 million in new school spending | Politics | The State | Is Our Tax System Really Fair? | Scoop.it
Most of the money to pay for Haley’s proposals — about $130 million — would come from the $200 million in new revenue that the state expects to have this year. But about $29 million would come from the state’s capital reserve fund, her office confirmed. Haley has said the proposal would require no tax increases.
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Self, Jamie. "SC Gov. Haley Proposes $160 Million in New School Spending." The State, 8 Jan. 2014. Web. 9 Nov. 2014.

http://www.thestate.com/2014/01/08/3196289/gov-nikki-haley-introduces-156.html

In this newspaper article from The State, Haley's proposition is a smart way to go about funding for new school spending. She doesn't plan to increase taxes, but she's still made it possible to pay for it from new revenue. It's a fair way to provide for the state without also taking away from the state. Public education would be supported and payed for in a less complex way. Her plan to provide more for low-income students, helps the students without taking more tax from the higher income students. Although, school districts shouldn't receive more than they need. Some schools spend more than they should on unimportant dilemmas. 

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Varvel, Gary. "Blame Bush and Raise the Ceiling." Cartoon. 2009. Caldwell's Corner. 13 Jan. 2012. Web. 9 Nov. 2014.

<http://caldwellscorner.com/blog/?p=2824

The cartoon above is an illustrative example of Obama's decision on how to fix the government's problem of spending too much. The government spends so much it would go into debt many times, but instead, it doesn't because it has the option to raise the debt ceiling. The federal government most often spends more than it takes in taxes and this is the cause of a need to raise the debt ceiling. If the government wouldn't spend more than it has on sometimes even pointless research, the chance of a financial crisis and recession would be lessened.

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