How do Americans think the government spends their money? Via Ezra Klein, is one answer:
To be fair, given the size of the Pentagon's budget -- $663 billion in 2010, or 19 percent of budgeted expenditures -- and the extent to which we are still committed to a language of "freedom" in our foreign policy -- these wars are fought for your benefit, etc. -- there is definitely a sense in which the public is completely correct, and we do spend tremendous amounts on "foreign aid."
-- Jamelle Bouie