Taxes are due Thursday,Americans wonder how that money is spent

(NBC) - Almost half the nation won't owe taxes Thursday, but for those who do, the annual "Pig Book" shows where some of your money's going, including research on cows and potatoes.

But there is good news: those pet projects are down 10 percent this year.

"Finally somebody around Washington is getting the message," Tom Schatz of Citizens Against Government Waste said.

Anger over Washington spending is brewing all over the country.

The Tea Party Express brings its protests against big government and bailouts to Boston Wednesday before landing in Washington on tax day.

Also Wednesday, President Barack Obama is meeting with top politicians to talk about cracking down on banks, which labor leaders blame for millions of lost jobs.

"We're not your ATM, we're not going to continue to bail you out, use our tax dollars to do it, and have you go right back to the same old risky conduct, and the same old bonuses and pay system that you had before," said Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO.

The head of the Federal Reserve will tell Congress the recession is ending, but it will be a while before we see jobs bounce back.

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