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Wasteful Government Spending in 1999
They spent $345 billion on unnecessary national defense in 1999.
The government spent 8% of their budget on veterans benefits.
The government spent a much larger amount of money on health and medicare than they did in years past. It made up 19% of our total program spending.
Even though they spent way too much in unnecessary departments, we were still under budget for that year.
In 1999 the government actually had a surplus of $157 billion which was then applied to reduce the national debt. After applying this money the debt was reduced to $7.02 trillion.
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