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How Americans want their tax dollars spent

February 12, 2013: 9:29 AM ET

As lawmakers bicker over how to spend federal tax dollars, Americans have a few suggestions for them.

According to a recent online survey of 1,000 consumers by TD Ameritrade (AMTD), people clearly want the government to focus even more on health care. Jobs are important as well. And there are some interesting differences between what men would like the government to spend more on and what women view as a priority for their tax dollars.


  • Overeducated and underemployed

    Getting a college degree still helps your chances of getting a job, but not necessarily a good one.

    Some Americans are becoming overeducated for the jobs that are available to them, as data shows more college educated workers are taking low-skill jobs that are clearly below their qualifications.

    Take taxi drivers for example. About 15%, or more than than 1 in 7, had at least a bachelor's degree in 2010, according to MORE

    - Jan 28, 2013 10:50 AM ET
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