posted on Jul, 16 2010 @ 01:30 AM
the nations of the world, collectively, spend $1 trillion a year on military/national defense.
last year, the United States spent $742 billion of that $1 trillion.
that's nearly 75%.
that's around $61 billion per month.
since the dawn of the nuclear age, at the end of WWII in 1945, the United States has spent a total of $5.5 trillion on nuclear weapons.
this averages out to $98 billion a year.
as of July 2009, the population of the U.S. was 307,006,550.
9.5% is 2,916,562
as of June, 2010, the national unemployment rate was 9.5%.
the average weekly unemployment insurance check is $292.
that's $1168 a month and $14,016 a year.
$41 billion a year spent for unemployment; however, only $25 of each check was coming from the Federal Government. my neighbor is on unemployment and
said that $25 has been discontinued. the rest of the check comes from state funds.
the Federal Government WAS spending $73 million a year on unemployment benefits.
yearly Federal Budget Spending, $2,650 billion total outlays:
$789 billion for Human Resources (includes Social Security, DOL, HUD, Education, and Health/Human Services)
$304 billion for General Government (includes interest on the non-military portion of the national debt which is 20%, gov't personnel, homeland
security at 15%, NASA at 50%, judicial and legislative, justice, state, and treasury depts, int'l affairs)
$117 billion for Physical Resources (includes agriculture, interior, DOT, homeland security another 15%, HUD split, non-military energy, Army Corps
Engineers, FCC, Environmental Protection)
that is a little less than 46%
what's left is spent on the military:
$484 billion for Past Military ( Veterans’ Benefits at $94 billion and interest on the portion of national debt (80%) created by military
spending which is $390 billion)
the rest, $965 billion, goes for current military spending - this includes housing for soldier's families and other non-combat necessities incurred
by a standing military force, not included under the Defense Department budget ( the expenditures of which were $742 billion in 2009).
that's nearly 55% of the yearly federal budget
the pay for an individual working for 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year, at minimum wage, which is $7.25/hr, comes out to $15,080 a year, before
the official poverty line in the U.S. is $21,756 for a family of four and $17,285 for a family of three—one parent with two children.
one in eight people and one in five children live below the poverty line in America
food accounts for 17% of spending for households making less than $10,000 per year compared to the 12% average.
49 million Americans, 16.7 million of which are children, live in households that struggle to put enough food on the table.
a family of four generally needs to earn twice the poverty line to provide children with basic necessities.
84 percent of low-income families have at least one working family member, and 75 percent of single mothers who head households work.
51.4 percent of Americans will live in poverty at some point before age 65.
1 billion people are hungry all over the world.
almost 16,000 children die of hunger and related causes everyday; one child every 5 seconds.
in 2008, one third of the 9 million kids, who died before they turned 5 years old, died because of not having enough to eat.
starvation is a VERY slow way to die.
the UN estimates that the cost of alleviating world hunger is $195 billion a year.
there are approximately 1.2 billion people in the world without any source of safe, potable, drinking water. in 2005, 4,700 people died from a
lack of safe water, the majority of which were children under 5 years old.
there are 2.6 billion people worldwide without access to sanitation.
it would take around $25 billion to provide these human beings with drinking water and sanitation.
those are a few of my reasons for NO MORE NUKES and NO MORE WAR
(what is it good for???!?)
war (death) vs food (life)
I CHOOSE LIFE