reply to post by highlyoriginal
you know why
it's this way, don't you?
the government spends over 54% of the Federal budget EVERY year on military, defense, homeland security, etc.
which are all nice words for making war on foreign soils.
i'm going to cut and paste a post i made in another thread, because it's relevant here, too, and if i just link to it, not many will see the
the link to the thread, as
Originally posted by queenannie38
Worldwide, the annual cost for military "defense" is $1000 billion - that is 1 trillion dollars.
Last year, in 2009, the U.S. spent $742 billion on the military.
That's 75% of the total global expenditure.
This comes out to around $12 billion a month.
If you ask a representative of government how much of we-the-people's money is going for defense, depending on who you ask, you will get a variety of
answers. These answer are more often than not in the form of percentages.
4% of the GNP (gross national product) is spent on "National Security"
Oh, okay, well, that's not so bad, is it?
But even percentages can be startling:
54% of the Federal Budget = 4% of the GNP
What does the GNP have to do with Federal Military Spending, anyway?
Gross National Product (GNP) is the market value of all goods and services produced in one year by labor and property supplied by the residents
of a country.
US Military Budget at Wiki
During FY 2009, the federal government collected approximately $2.1 trillion in tax revenue. Primary receipt categories included individual
income taxes (43%), Social Security/Social Insurance taxes (42%), and corporate taxes (7%). Other types included excise, estate and gift taxes. Tax
revenues have averaged approximately 18.3% of gross domestic product (GDP) over the past 40 years, generally ranging plus or minus 2% from that
provides an in-depth breakdown of this
The U.S. average national unemployment rate is 9.7 percent. Only those who are actively looking for work are included in this statistic. Among
Black Americans, the rate is 15.5 percent and Latinos, 12.4 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The Congressional Budget Office predicts that unemployment will remain almost unchanged in 2011, about 9.5 percent.
Many families have been surviving on small, weekly unemployment checks provided for 26 weeks by their state government, and an additional 73 weeks by
the federal government. The first group of unemployed to run through both benefits hit that point Jul. 1, and today about a million people are
receiving no assistance at all. About nine million more are still receiving unemployment payments.
Congress is considering extending federal assistance for another 20 weeks. The House approved the legislation, but the Senate did not. Congress left
town for its holiday break until mid-July without passing the legislation.
In the Senate the issue fell almost precisely along party lines, with all but one Democrat for extending the benefit, and all but two Republicans
against it, saying the 34- billion-dollar cost was not worth adding to the federal deficit.
According to the Department of Labor
The average weekly unemployment insurance check is $292.
That's $1168 a month and $14,016 a year.
As of June, 2010, the national unemployment rate was 9.5%.
(but remember, this is only those who are actively looking for jobs who are registered with the DOL - an
alternate way of counting puts it near 20%.)
The number of INITIAL unemployment claims for the week ending July 3, 2010 was 454,000.
President Obama's call last year for "shared sacrifice" doesn't extend to federal employees, at least based on the details of his
administration's 2010 budget released this week.
At a time when the official unemployment rate is nearing double digits, and 6.35 million people are receiving unemployment benefits, the U.S.
government is on a hiring binge.
Executive branch employment — 1.98 million in 2009, excluding the Postal Service and the Defense Department — is set to increase by 15.6 percent
for the 2010 fiscal year. Most of that is thanks to the Census Bureau hiring 102,000 temporary workers, but not counting them still yields a net
increase of 2 percent in one year.
There's little belt-tightening in evidence in Washington, D.C.: Counting benefits, the average pay per federal worker will leap from $72,800 in 2008
to $75,419 next year.
Meanwhile, according to Forbes' layoff tracker, there have been 558,087 layoffs since November 2008 at large public companies; even local school
districts aren't immune. That's just a sliver of the total unemployed, which government data estimate to be 8.6 percent of the workforce, or an
alternate method of reckoning that counts discouraged workers puts at 20 percent.
Some of the Feds' hiring increases have been stunning. If you look at the four-year period from 2006 to 2010, the number of Homeland Security
employees has grown by 22 percent, the Justice Department has increased by 15 percent, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission can claim 25 percent more
employees. (These figures assume that Congress adopts Mr. Obama's 2010 budget without significant changes.)
is no solution other than to quit war.
plain and simple
it gains nothing for anyone and it is death.
it will be the death of us, if we don't put a stop to it.
but it has to be a peaceful end or else it will not be an end but rather just a pause or a temporary break.