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What does the federal government do with your money? Take our taxes quiz.

It seems there’s no end of taxes – and of debate about what the federal government does with all the money it collects. Test your knowledge of America’s fiscal behavior!

5. Three of the following are “mandatory” programs, where spending is locked in by laws other than appropriations acts. Which one, by contrast, has "discretionary" spending?

In the early 1960s, two-thirds of federal spending was discretionary. By 2011 the discretionary share had dropped to 37 percent.

In the early 1960s, two-thirds of federal spending was discretionary. By 2011 the discretionary share had dropped to 37 percent.

In the early 1960s, two-thirds of federal spending was discretionary. By 2011 the discretionary share had dropped to 37 percent.

In the early 1960s, two-thirds of federal spending was discretionary. By 2011 the discretionary share had dropped to 37 percent.

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Crop insurance

 

Military equipment maintenance

 

Medicaid

 

Food stamps (SNAP)

 
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