First, we have the "have mores."
- It is estimated that for every US taxpayer, $20,000 is being spent on the Iraq war.
- $61 million of what has been spent on the war has been found to be overcharges by the Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root.
- It is estimated that over $1 billion of government funds have been wasted in the hurricane Katrina recovery effort, while many still are without jobs or homes.
- About $1 billion of federal funds have been poured into abstinence-only sex "education" since 1996.
- New work requirements for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families will disappear $23 million from funds that feed and house poor families.
- The continuing "global gag rule" will deny funding to global NGOs that would provide critical reproductive healthcare to women in third-world countries.
- The 2006 federal budget shifts $60 billion over the next 10 years in Medicaid costs to the already squeezed states, ends Community Service Block Grants, and cuts $1 billion in food stamp funding over the next ten years. You can check out more "highlights" of the budget here.