Total Outlays (Federal Funds): $2,387 billion
MILITARY: 51% and $1,228 billion
NON-MILITARY: 49% and $1,159 billion
HOW THESE FIGURES WERE DETERMINED
Current military includes Dept. of Defense ($585 billion), the military portion from other departments ($122 billion), and an unbudgeted estimate of supplemental appropriations ($20 billion). "Past military" represents veterans' benefits plus 80% of the interest on the debt.*
Source:Washington Post, Feb. 6, 2007,
These figures are from an analysis of detailed tables in the "Analytical Perspectives" book of the Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2008. The figures are federal funds, which do not include trust funds — such as Social Security — that are raised and spent separately from income taxes. What you pay (or don't pay) by April 17, 2007, goes to the federal funds portion of the budget. The government practice of combining trust and federal funds began during the Vietnam War, thus making the human needs portion of the budget seem larger and the military portion smaller.
Source: War Resisters League: Where Your Income Tax Money Really Goes