Did you know: Iran spends 1.8% of its (tiny) GDP on defence, whilst the US spends 4.7%?
Did you know that: Iran’s defence spending accounts for 0.33% of world defence spending, and the US for 43%?
If not take a look at this list here…
Here’s how some spenders compare…
Israel 6.3% GDP (=0.611% of world total)
US 4.7 GDP (=43% of world total, at 687 billion)
Russia 4.3 GDP =3.5%
UK 2.7 GDP =3.7
France 2.5 GDP =3.6
China 2.1 GDP =7.3
Iran 1.8% GDP (0.33 of world total)
You Should Also Know…
The 683.7 billion (officially) spent on defence in 2010, did not include…
many military-related items that are outside of the Defense Department budget, such as nuclear weapons research, maintenance,
cleanup, and production, which is in the Department of Energybudget. Veterans Affairs, the Treasury Department's payments in pensions to
military retirees and widows and their families, interest on debt incurred in past wars, or State Department financing of foreign arms sales
and militarily-related development assistance. Neither does it include defense spending that is not military in nature, such as the Department of
Homeland Security, counter-terrorism spending by the FBI, and intelligence-gathering spending by NASA.
I guess to include these in the official
total spent (wasted!) on defence, could make even the most vegative US citizen, realise that they are actually government slaves, and that this
government is fully subservient to the corrupting influences, of an oversized Military Industrial Complex.
Lower Estimates: According to the CIA world fact book… www.cia.gov...
The US only spends 4.06% of GDP on defence
And Israel 7.30
However (unlike Wikipedia) it is unclear when-where these figures were obtained. Even so I’m sure many Americans would welcome 2.5% being spent on
What It All Means…
Assuming US defence spending is 687 billion (as opposed to Wiki’s other 683 number) then a 1.8% expenditure would = 263.1 billion, which is still
16.46% of the world total (more than twice the nearest rival, China’s 7.3)
What 423.9 Billion Would Do...
The U.S population is 307 million, so every billion dollars is equal to 3.25 dollars for person in the US.
Consequently: 423.9 billion is 1380.75 dollars for every man, woman & baby in the US. For every year.
Also: If given in tax cuts, the stimulating effect will be a lot more 1380.75 dollars, as the less any capitalist economy is taxed the more it
And realise that:
It is a statistical fact, that: “The poorer you are, the more of your income you spend” (as you have the same, basic
living costs, as everyone else).
Consequently: Giving tax cuts to the poor benefits everybody, in addition almost all the money stays within the US –whatever country concerned.
You give tax cuts to the rich then that does benefit the economy, but not nearly as much e.g. because much finds its way into
foreign investments, and also tax havens (both declared and non-declared!)
Defence cuts would be even more if the “hidden” defence spending was also included.
What if the US spent 10% of world defence spending…
Then 527.23 billion would be saved, which $1713.50 for every man, women, and baby. If US deported some illegal immigrants, then they’d be even more
to go around (plus less jobless –plus higher wages & therefore overall higher growth for all).
You would still be spending 159.77 billion a year, which means you still get to keep nuclear weapons, nuclear submarines, a healthy air force & navy.
You would be spending 2.78 as much money as the United Kingdom, and 1.39 times as much as China (nearest world defence spending, competitor).
Therefore: Together with money already spent on defence equipment, plus the fact that this doesn’t include the total defence budget, America would
still posses the world’s most powerful military, equipped with some of the most powerful allies (like Britain), and its therefore an achievable
(Ron Paul) option
One Inescapable Conclusion…
US “politicans” are one of two things…
1. Cowards: For letting the US lion, become petrified of the Iranian mouse
2. Corrupt Parasites: For spending so much money that should be helping the American economy through tax cuts, and-or investment in other things (like
technology prizes, for solving world problems that do actually threaten all Americans).
Agree with me?
edit on 090705 by Liberal1984 because: (no reason given)