Monday, February 04, 2008

It's Only Money

While I have not yet had time to really dive into the budget numbers, one huge point stands out.

Defense and security spending will likely run over 1.2 Trillion dollars. I have heard that the DOD budget will run over $500,000,000,000.00, and that will not include about $200,000,000,000.00 for the wars in the Middle East. Add to that something like $500,000,000,000.00 for homeland security.

$1,200,000,000,000.00 so we can 'feel safe', not be safe (since 100% security is absolutely unobtainable), but feel safe.

PS. After security, the next highest line item went to the department of Health and Human Services, with about 65 Billion, or 5% of the ammount we are spending on security.


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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Don't forget however much it costs the Army to sponsor a highschool football game.
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Syd said...

It's not even being spent on "security." It's straight up spending on out of date defense systems like "star wars" which everyone agrees is a fantasy, as well as the building of fighter jets and bombers and new air-craft carriers that were all originally designed to thwart the Soviets, who don't even exist anymore.

i don't feel more secure. In fact, the way this administration has wasted money on sweetheart deals for their defense contractor buddies while neglecting human intelligence and much more effective and legal means of prosecution of terrorism, I feel less secure than ever.