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Saturday, July 23, 2016
USA is the world's top state killing machine
U.S. Military Spending vs. the World: This is Crazy
The U.S. Pentagon and military has more money than it needs.
hard to draw any other conclusion from the stark facts: the U.S.
outspends every other nation on earth when it comes to our military. We
spend more than the next seven countries combined.
Where does the money go?
a hint: Pentagon spending is subject to the same rules of corporate
greed that plague our entire economy. More than half of the Pentagon
budget goes to for-profit contractors.
get the word out there. The less we spend on Pentagon contractors that
profit from fear and conflict, the more we can spend on priorities like
education, climate change and infrastructure to move our country forward
into the 21st first century. It's time we joined the rest of the world.
much money do we need to spend to keep our country safe? Just
yesterday, the New York Times published an editorial detailing how the
Pentagon budget should be better - not bigger -and we couldn't agree
In 2015, the Pentagon spent nearly $600 billion. Where did that money go?
The $600 billion in 2015 Pentagon spending went towards the
Department of Defense base budget, nuclear weapons, international
security assistance, war, and related activities. It made up more than
half the discretionary budget last year, meaning that all other
discretionary programs - funding for clean drinking water, jobs
training, infrastructure improvements, federal education programs, and
more - were forced to divvy up the rest. Included in the Pentagon's
total 2015 budget was a $64 billion off-the-books slush fund for
the Pentagon to spend on whatever it wants. Created ostensibly to fund
the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the slush fund has been subject to
criticism due to incredible mismanagement. A $43 million gas station, anyone?
To add insult to injury, we know that more than half
of the Pentagon's base budget every year goes to bloated military
contractors such as Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and
others. And what do those military contracts pay for? One notable
example is one of the Government Accountability Office's noted risky
Pentagon programs - the troubled, behind schedule, and over budget F-35.
We've known for a while that the U.S. Pentagon and military has more money than it needs
- as the U.S. routinely spends more on its militaries than the next
several highest military spenders combined. And in 2015, it outspent the
next 7 countries combined - including China, Saudi Arabia, Russia, the
UK, India, France, and Japan. U.S. military spending dwarfs the budget
of the second highest spender, China. For every dollar China spent on
its military last year - the U.S. spent almost $3.
Our spending priorities
are completely out of whack - our federal budget shows that we would
rather sink billions of dollars into a jet that can't even fly than
fully fund programs that have proven to lift families out of poverty or to ensure kids have a strong start. The Pentagon doesn't need more money - it needs to spend what it has better.
Priorities Project (NPP) is an American non-governmental organization
based in Northampton, MA that aims to help citizens shape the federal
budget by arming them with information they can use and understand. In
2014, the organization was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for their
research on U.S. military spending.
National Priorities Project was founded by Greg Speeter in 1983 to help
community groups understand and respond to federal budget cuts in
why so many social programs were closing in Springfield, MA Speeter
found that during a two-year period, the First Congressional District
had lost over $54 million in federal funding for housing, education,
health care and other areas.
by this report, the district's Congressperson, Silvio Conte, became a
strong supporter of more federal spending for community-based programs
and came out against a "balanced budget amendment" that slashed the
federal safety net. (Wikipedia)