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This Is How The Pentagon Spends Its $645.7 Billion Annual Budget

Face The Facts USA | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics

If Congress and the White House don't strike a deficit-reduction deal, cuts kick into the Pentagon's $645.6 billion annual budget. Here's what that me...

Think Unemployment Is Bad In The U.S.?

Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics

U.S. unemployment is considered high at 7.5 percent. But it’s better than the European Union, where jobless rates are at 11 percent. Presiden...

Pension Costs Skyrocket At Pentagon

Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics

Paying its contractors’ pension costs means a big bill at the Pentagon Contributing to its contractors’ pension plans is costing the Department...

Behind Americans' $162 Billion Alcohol Tab

Posted 03.02.2013 | Politics

Cheers! Alcohol in America is big business. We spent $162 billion buying beer, wine and liquor in 2011. That's in line with a generally steady incline...

It's Not The 1960s Anymore, A Good Thing For Seniors Today

Posted 12.25.2012 | Politics

Older Americans are better off. The median inflation-adjusted income for senior Americans has more than doubled since 1962. Fifty years ago the med...

Green Energy Jobs Still Dwarfed By Dirty Fuel Industry

Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics

With gas prices spiking, energy policy is a big election-year talking point. It might surprise you that renewable energy alternatives generate interes...

How Much Could You Be Penalized Under Obamacare?

Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics

Penalties start in 2014 for those failing to purchase health insurance under the new Affordable Care Act. The fines will start as low as $95 per year ...

Why Congress Lacks Easy Control Over Spending

Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics

More than half of all federal spending occurs automatically, without any congressional debate or vote. 55.5% of the federal budget, about $2 trillion,...

Many Americans Inhaling Billions In Tax Hikes

Posted 11.24.2012 | Politics

Slow recovery or not, here's one type of tax many jurisdictions have no fear of raising. State and local cigarette taxes brought in $17.1 billion in 2...

This Skyrocketing Cost Is 'Eating The Defense Department Alive'

Posted 11.18.2012 | Politics

Health care costs for the Department of Defense have nearly tripled in the last decade, from $19 billion in 2001 to $53 billion in 2011. The cost of D...

A Positive Sign For American Households

Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics

One reason for our sluggish recovery from the recession is what Americans are doing with their money: paying off old debt. Total American household de...

Boom Times For Charter Schools

Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics

US children attending charter schools – publicly funded alternative schools run under contract – have more than quadrupled in 10 years. Their numb...

The Doctor Will See You Now...Or Will He?

Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics

There are more Medicare doctors, but more of them are limiting their access to Medicare patients. The number of doctors billing Medicare rose 32 perce...

Education Spending Not Buying Better Test Scores

Posted 11.10.2012 | Politics

The federal government has spent more than $293 billion in the past decade to improve student academic performance, on top of a combined $5.5 trillion...

What Outsourcing Looks Like

Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics

US-based multinational companies eliminated 1 million jobs from the US workforce between 1999 and 2010 while adding 3.1 million in other countries. I...

Social Security Keeping Many Americans Afloat

Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics

One of every three Americans over 65 depends on Social Security checks to stay above the poverty line. Without these benefits, the poverty rate among ...

Swollen Military Spending Now Faces Sharp Cuts

Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics

The Pentagon, whose budget has nearly doubled in the past decade to $645.7 billion, may soon face new sequestration-related budget cuts of nearly $50 ...

The Truth About The Food Stamp Swell

Posted 10.28.2012 | Politics

Food stamp costs are mushrooming. More than 46 million Americans - about one in seven - rely on food stamps, the equivalent of the entire populations ...

More Mothers Dying To Have A Child

Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics

The United States spends $98 billion annually on hospitalization for pregnancy and childbirth, but the US maternal mortality rate has doubled in the p...

INFOGRAPHIC: When More Leads To Less

Posted 08.17.2012 | Politics

US manufacturing output has risen significantly since it hit rock bottom in 2009, with a 20 percent growth over the past three years. But manufacturin...

What's A College Degree Actually Worth?

Posted 08.16.2012 | Politics

A worker with a high school diploma is twice as likely to be unemployed as a worker with a college degree. A worker holding a bachelor’s degree earn...

Tax Preparation Isn't All Bad

Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics

Up to 1.2 million tax preparers make a living navigating the labyrinth US tax code for taxpayers. We have more professional tax preparers in the Unite...

Millions Of Drivers Relying On 'Structurally Deficient' Bridges

Posted 10.14.2012 | Politics

More than one in ten of America's 605,000 bridges were classified as "structurally deficient" in 2011. 67,000 spans were restricted to light vehicles,...

While Paychecks Shrunk, Spending On This Kept Rising

Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics

Health care spending per capita in the US increased 36 percent between 2000 and 2010, from $6,177 to $8,402 for every person in the country. During th...

For The Unemployed, It Doesn't Get Easier

Posted 10.03.2012 | Politics

For people who have been out of work for an extended period of time during this economic crisis, the cost has been especially high. In 2011, the perce...