Discussion in 'Political Discussion' started by Run DMC, Sep 6, 2010.
See for yourself.
Military spending is bad, but that chart doesn't tell the story -- you need to look at it relative to total/other US spending.
Point being, we spend 700 bill in defense. Who are we fighting? Why do we have troops in 150+ countries?
Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation: The FY 2009 Pentagon Spending Request - Global Military Spending
Close to 1 trillion dollars spent on the arseholes of the world, Iraq and Afghanistan, and for what?!
Cost of War Tops $915 Billion | National Priorities Project
I agree, but that doesn't mean it's the main reason.
I do find it amusing, though, when Republicans talk about entitlement programs never ending yet don't recognize that the military has just as much a life of its own.
No one ever speaks to the "legacy costs" for our armed forces, between the number of soldiers injured (34K+) in Iraq alone this coupled with the number of retirees the costs add up quickly... imagine a soldier fresh out of high school who may never face combat, can retire at 38 and receive a pension and family health care until he dies...
The whole armed forces budget needs close examination, along with the R & D budget and the competition that is fueled by the pentagon to develop new systems..
Many of these companies are exclusive military contractors, and they lobby.. so who pays for the lobbying.. the taxpayer.. "Military Madness is Ruining My Country"..
Eisenhower warned us about this early on:
Military-Industrial Complex Speech, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961
Another view of the federal budget... indicates that 18% of our entire budget goes toward retired military..
Your comments on the legacy costs are a great point and one which I never thought of. I agree with all of you...the cost (and hidden costs) are both frightening & sickening.
I wish someone could unite all Americans behind an effort to at least cut them in half.
I agree (troops in other country's) WHY? I could never understand it but of course there are a lot of things I don't understand.
Imagine the tight safe borders, seaports and airports we could have with all of those troops patroling, guarding and protecying our own country.
This is the cost of empire. CEOs and rich people across the US thank the average taxpayer for their largesse.
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