I remember when I was in HS in the 90s, and my US history teacher was telling us how were were still paying Civil War Benefits to a few widows (ones that were very young and married older former soldiers). That was shocking to me. First time it hit me that taxes paid are paid for past things. (I was about 14 or 15).

That seems like an okay reason right? War and all. Much better deal than the health of people who live in this country, right?