An Alternate View of US Military Expenditures

Posted: April 26th, 2010 by: h2

Here’s a useful tool for re-evaluating the actual costs of the US military.

pie chart of US budget

So what does this mean? Well, it’s pretty simple – next time you hear a politician say we can’t afford X or Y, or we need to cut A or B, keep always in your head, that we can afford these things, if, but only if, we slash back our military industrial complex, and our foreign bases. In other words, if we return to having a purely defensive military, one without the current revolving chairs taking Pentagon officials straight from military service to high paying jobs with defense contractors.

Such a slimmed down military would look a lot like the militaries of other countries that engage in largely defensive military development and funding. In other words, it would cost probably only 10% of what we currently spend. So that’s a good place to start when looking where to cut the budgets.

It’s really not complicated, all it takes is the willingness to demand change, and to vote for candidates who will actually promote change. This, of course, won’t happen until we simply cannot afford our current corrupt system.

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