Thursday, January 24, 2008

We're Getting Hosed, Folks

Here's a list of the world's top 10 military spenders and the approximate amounts each country currently budgets for its military establishment:

1. United States (FY08 budget), $623 billion
2. China (2004), $65 billion
3. Russia, $50 billion
4. France (2005), $45 billion
5. Japan (2007), $41.75 billion
6. Germany (2003), $35.1 billion
7. Italy (2003), $28.2 billion
8. South Korea (2003), $21.1 billion
9. India (2005 est.), $19 billion
10. Saudi Arabia (2005 est.), $18 billion

We spend about ten times as much on military expenditures than our closest competitor in this regard, and we spend more than the nine other leaders in military spending *combined* -- by a long shot. This, of course, is utterly fucking ridiculous. Folks, we don't need to spend this much. Did you know that we could solve *all* our financial problems in this country with that money, including health care, social security, education, etc., by a long shot, if we chose to spend the money now allocated to military spending on the former tasks instead? We're getting hosed, folks. The only people profiting are the weapons-building corporations who lobby their asses of for our tax money to pay for their "products".

6 comments:

dorsey said...

I don't disagree at all (at least, I think I don't), but I'm interested in seeing those numbers expressed as a percentage of either GNP or total budget. I think that would be a more accurate picture of each country's military priority.

Another interesting statistic is that, last I heard, the amount collected from the personal income tax represents something like 2 or 3 percent of the total national budget. So, if we could balance the budget and then cut another 3% in spending, we could eliminate the income tax. Yeah, that'll happen.

JimmyBob said...

I don't know much about numbers, but it doesn't surprise me that we spend that much on defense and all things military.

Frankly, it makes me feel safer. There's alot of evil men in the world. The one thing I want from my government is protection.

I think most everything else is fat and really shouldn't be a moral obligation of government. I think we should help one another in the private sector, rather than rely on government programs. Why not? There's a ton of generous people in the USA who would love to give to and work for charities. Get it out of the government's hands!

I'm all for eliminating income taxes as well. There's lots of other ways to generate money. I would give money to the government willingly, if I knew it was going straight to defense.

Recovering said...

Keep in mind that our Constitution only gives two express powers to the Federal Government:
1. Regulate Interstate Trade - make sure we don't have a war between Texas and New Mexico, etc and that states can trade with each other and other nations fairly.
2. Maintain an adequate defense.

The rest of what the Federal Government does is extraneous and has been abdicated by the states.

So, considering the cost of military might, I think, Constitutionally, the military budget could be justified at 99% of the Federal Budget.

States should bear the rest of the load. We are the United States not the Impotent States of America.

Bob said...

As the father of two sons in the military, I like the idea of arming them with good weapons. Let al Qaeda fight unarmored, deaf, blind and lightly armed -- I'm good with my sons having nothing but the best munitions just a radio call away.

rigodiaz said...

The war is stupid, it's pointless and useless. I don't even know what we are fighting for? freedom?
how can we have freedom when we invade other countries.It's like the if the police go inside your house and tell you how to act, what to do and not to do.
thats how the iraqi people feel

SocietyVs said...

"I'm interested in seeing those numbers expressed as a percentage of either GNP or total budget" (Dorsey)

It would be interesting but it wouldn't matter one iota...the total being spent mean who spends more has more weapons (pretty obvious I thought). The % would only prove what amount each country dediactes to defense as per their importance.

"Frankly, it makes me feel safer. There's alot of evil men in the world. The one thing I want from my government is protection." (JimBob)

But is it justified spending is the big question? Sure a 65 billion pay cheque will keep you safe - but can it be done for 1/2 of that?

"So, considering the cost of military might, I think, Constitutionally, the military budget could be justified at 99% of the Federal Budget." (Recovering)

True - but it would be a very self-serving endeavor and might not be required for adequate protection of the country.

"As the father of two sons in the military, I like the idea of arming them with good weapons" (bob)

I think safety is tantamount to keeping your children safe - however many deaths of soldiers are happening with 'dirty bombs' (a very cheap weapon).

I am not sure that truly justifies the spending allocated for defense in America - since they seem to be extravagantly over-spending as compared to people who can barely even afford true weapons.