I was watching the UFO documentary "Unacknowledged" and it made some pretty serious claims about the nature of our government. So I started thinking
a couple of things. I was thinking if so much money is being spent on black operations, that money could be used to pay lobbyists in order to control
public policy. Then I was thinking how bad can the budget for black operations be. So I looked up the numbers and it's about the same as the Welfare
program and about the same as OCO spending. So I was thinking it's probably not so bad. But still since it has no oversight it's probably just
socialism being spend to so called "contractors" so they can line their pockets with money and with no real benefit. But I tend to think the worse
about people's human nature when it comes to large sums of money with no accountability. So maybe it's not as bad as I am thinking but who knows!
I was thinking if there were massive amounts of black ops spending going on the national debt numbers would be higher than adding up all the deficits
every year and there were would be some kind of conspiracy going on. But the national debt grew pretty much equal to the deficits summed up. I ended
up on this old page that probably most people have seen:
Expenditures in the United States federal budget
So then I started thinking about SOCIAL SECURITY spending.
The way people talk about Social Security spending has always bothered me. When people talk about the US budget, they always include social security
payments under the title "entitlements". This really bothers me because social security is not-for-profit annuity type payment. A lot of the funding
is coming from payroll taxes that are no part of the general fund. So it seems disingenuous to me to imply social security spending adds to the
deficit. So I did some research and this is what I found:
"Social Security is financed through a dedicated payroll tax. Employers and employees each pay 6.2 percent of wages up to the taxable maximum of
$128,400 (in 2018), while the self-employed pay 12.4 percent."
We all know about the 12.4 percent. And then this:
"In 2017, $873 billion (88 percent) of total Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance income came from payroll taxes. The remainder
was provided by interest earnings ($85 billion or 9 percent) and revenue from taxation of OASDI benefits ($37.9 billion or 4 percent), and less than
.01 percent in reimbursements from the General Fund of the Treasury."
How is Social Security financed?
When I look at the budget pie diagrams they NEVER show social security as "0.1 percent" as quoted by the SSA.GOV website. Why is this?
I think it is because if they did not make the impression social spending is more than military spending people might start to wake up!
Here is the US military budget with OCO and Emergency socialism fund:
(Discretionary Budget Authority) + OCO + Emergency FY2019
Military Personnel $152,883,052
Operations and Maintenance $283,544,068
Revolving and Management Funds $1,557,305
Defense Bill $674,690,011
Military Construction $9,801,405
Family Housing $1,582,632
Military Construction Bill $11,384,037
Total Base + OCO + Emergency $686,074,048
The US budget has always been higher math but I bet you if you take out social security or represent is accurately in the pie diagram public policies
favoring military spending would come under pressure to be cut.
edit on 30-6-2019 by dfnj2015 because: (no reason given)