Here’s the first one, “What Our Tax Dollars Pay For:”
The giant $700B missile representing federal spending on “Militarism and War” dwarfs the $70B pill bottle representing “Health.” I wish. According to the Office of Management and Budget, the federal government spent $485.7B on Medicare in 2011 and $372.5B on other health programs, for a total of $858.2B, ten times what’s shown in the chart and well above the $706B spent on defense.
The second chart discourages the drinking of bottled water with a claim that it costs 10,000 times more than tap water. Not where I buy it. My town charges me 16.5 cents per cubic foot for tap water, which works out to 0.3 cents to fill a 16.9 oz bottle. So unless you’re paying $30 a bottle for Dasani, the 10,000 figure is little bit off. Indeed, a 24-pack of bottled water is $3.88 at Wal-Mart, which works out to 16.2 cents per bottle, a factor of 54 instead of 10,000. In any case, the difference works out to 15.9 cents – a small enough price to pay for convenience.
C’mon folks. Let’s have a little regard for truth.