Earlier during the S&P conference call, one of the participants asked the brilliantly simple question: with the Fed monetizing debt, why should the US even bother to collect taxes? When one steps back from the apparent insanity of this rhetorical question, it does present a very good though experiment: after all what better way to stimulate the consumer part of the economy than to let 'taxpayers' no longer be that, and retain 100% of their cash. In the meantime, since nothing impacts bond yields, the statists will say, the Fed can continue to monetize debt indefinitely: after all we have a printing press and a reserve currency (an argument so asinine even the S&P laughed at it), until we get to a point where consumers have no choice but to lever up in the face of rampant inflation. And don't forget - the Fed can print an infinite amount of Treasury puts to where it alone pins yields to desired levels. While we hope to see much more discussion over this very simplistic yet so crucial question in the future, for all those (and at about 53%, it's not that many) in the US population who pay income and other taxes, courtesy of the White House, here is a schedule that shows where tax dollars are being spent. And don't forget: the Fed continues to match roughly one dollar for every dollar reimbursed back to the IRS.
From the White House:
In his State of the Union Address, President Obama promised that this year, for the first time ever, American taxpayers would be able to go online and see exactly how their federal tax dollars are spent. Just enter a few pieces of information about your taxes, and the taxpayer receipt will give you a breakdown of how your tax dollars are spent on priorities like education, veterans benefits, or health care.