Defense Budget

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  1. GNelson profile image75
    GNelsonposted 7 years ago

    The following is from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute:

    1,630 Billion - Total estimated military spending in 2011 
    698 Billion -     Total estimated U.S. military spending in 2011 (Rank #1 at 43% of the world expenditure)
    119 Billion -     Total Chinese military spending in 2011 (Rank #2 at 7.3 % of the world expenditure)
         7 Billion -     Total Iranian military spending in 2011 (Rank # 25 at .0004% of the world expenditure)
    645.7 Billion -   Total military spending by the next 14 countries following the United States

    The United States spends $2141.00 per citizen.
    China spends $74.00 per citizen.
    Iran spends $89.00 per citizen.

    I was set back a little by these numbers.  What do you think?

    1. Dee42 profile image74
      Dee42posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Wow, GNelson, I knew it was bad, but to have it in black and white, it literally made me sick. And children are starving and without a home.

      1. GNelson profile image75
        GNelsonposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        My thoughts exactly.  Kids hungry, Corporations fat.  We are blowing a ton of money.

    2. profile image0
      JaxsonRaineposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Want to feel even worse about it?

      Let's say we take 300 billion a year out of that and give it to the bottom 50% of households. That's 46 million in the bottom 50%, looking at tax returns.

      $6,500 per household per year, and that is for households up through $32,000 per year.

      We really could do more with that money.

      1. GNelson profile image75
        GNelsonposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Yes we could do more with that money.  I asked my two Senators and my congressman to give me their thoughts on this situation.  They haven't responded yet.

      2. couturepopcafe profile image60
        couturepopcafeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Jax- I love that idea. That would pay my rent for 9 months.

    3. couturepopcafe profile image60
      couturepopcafeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      And it's just a bit more than we'll be required to pay for the national healthcare when it kicks in. Isn't that $2000.?

  2. Credence2 profile image81
    Credence2posted 7 years ago

    You know, G Nelson, I think that it sucks. I have complained about this disparity for some time but it appears to fall upon deaf ears. I speak of it in more detail in this article. … ed-Serpent

  3. UnnamedHarald profile image95
    UnnamedHaraldposted 7 years ago

    The world's top 7 military spenders in 2010 (in $billions.

    Nuff said.

  4. knolyourself profile image60
    knolyourselfposted 7 years ago

    Gun running is good business and since the tax payers pay for it - it is the best.

  5. Evan G Rogers profile image71
    Evan G Rogersposted 7 years ago

    Ron Paul wants to cut it, hardcore.

    Vote for him, or quit complaining.

    1. GNelson profile image75
      GNelsonposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I like Ron Paul because he speaks his mind and doesn't follow Rebublican dogma.  He is even right on some issues, but I could never vote for him.  Obama will be the next President.  I posted the facts on the defense budget because it shows that most politicians are out of touch with reality.  Ask your representatives to explain that expence.  They would rather discuss birth control and tell you that government is too big.  All the while wasting billions.

      1. Evan G Rogers profile image71
        Evan G Rogersposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        "I agree with Ron Paul. I hate defense spending. Obama will get my vote"


      2. couturepopcafe profile image60
        couturepopcafeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Nelson - Why could you 'never' vote for him? Any reason in particular? Sounds like you're a politician yourself, no offense intended. You talk about defense spending and how bad it is but won't, for reason you haven't expressed, vote for the guy who will do something about it, and a lot more.

        Can you explain to me why you can't vote for Paul. I'd really like to know.

  6. Artin2010 profile image73
    Artin2010posted 7 years ago

    No wonder we can't explore space or put a cure for cancer on the table. Looks like the Great American War Machine is fat and too healthy! Between the out of control government spending on bailouts for the rich and this monster I can why gas and everything else is TAXED to death. OUCH


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