More on how your tax money [3] gets spent. "Not effectively" would be too mild a description.

This might [4] be part of the explanation of how the money gets wasted in such fashion. 

You might think that some of it also comes from the difference between these two questions [5]. All too often people are asking the wrong one. 

And of course, the existence of tax havens [6] is one of the things that limits governments' ability to ratchet taxes ever higher to pay for such things. 

A little macroeconomic reminder. Central banks influence [7], not control, interest rates and the longer term the rate, the less influence they have. 

Inspired blogging [8] of the primary results from The Economist. 

And finally [9], why you should eat whale meat: it saves the planet.