Sunday, November 27, 2011

Why we have deficit spending

The country of america has 308,745,538 people at the end of the last census. We spend 685.1 billion dollars on the millitary each and every year. that's 685,100,000,000 so for every man woman and child int he nation we spend roughly $2200 per year on the total military budget. $6 per day comes out of your taxes. 

This is the Operation budget of the defense department, but the spending doesnt stop there when you consider that the military dips into other departments for its functions such as nuclear weapons research, maintenance, cleanup, and production, which is in the Department of Energy budget, Veterans Affairs, the Treasury Department's payments in pensions to military retirees and widows and their families, interest on debt incurred in past wars, or State Department financing of foreign arms sales and militarily-related development assistance. Neither does it include defense spending that is not military in nature, such as the Department of Homeland Security, counter-terrorism spending by the FBI, and intelligence-gathering spending by NASA. When you include those functions it inflates up to 1.030–$1.415 trillion (the numbers on some of the debt spending for previous wars are scetchy) even taking the smaller amount 1.030 trillion dollars 1,030,000,000,000 it inflates up to $3300 per citizen per year. when you make less than $20,000 a year as many Americans do 3k dollars is a very real very large amount of money.

Americans spend more than any other country in the world on the military

The reason we have so many wars is because we have to justify the enormous cost of continuing post cold war spending on military programs. Dwight D Eisenhower (a republican and former WWII general of the armed forces) warned us of the military industrial complex 50 years ago in his farewell address:
This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. In the councils of government,we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
 Medicare and social security account for a large percentage of the deficit and has been on the wanted list for chopping block by republicans since its inception but nobody wants to talk about the elephant in the room military spending.

1 comment:

  1. I wouldn't be so mad at the military spending if there wasn't so much money being wasted into many corrupt PMC companies. We should end our empire as well as the wars we are fighting. Let's get close our bases around the world except maybe South Korea.