Our Military Madness

It’s not just peace-niks anymore. Main Street begins to recognize the insanity of military spending, despite having gained from it. As my cousin Ben pointed out, congress makes sure to parcel each military program out to as many states as possible, so that everybody gets a piece of the pie. This, in turn, insures that elections depend on military-related jobs to keep the whole absurdist, expensive, soul-killing and deeply unethical parade going.

I’m happy and, frankly, surprised to see that this post originates from businessinsider.com. (Can’t remember where I first saw it, but it’s making the rounds now, six months later).

13 Facts About Military Spending That Will Make Your Head Explode

by Ujala Sehgal |

Nov. 12, 2010

  • fully-loaded-gun-army-apThe economy is tanking, schools are underfunded, people don’t have jobs.

Let’s spend more money on war!

America spends more on its military than THE NEXT 15 COUNTRIES COMBINED

In 2007, the amount of money labeled ‘wasted’ or ‘lost’ in Iraq — $11 billion — could pay 220,000 teachers salaries

Source: About.com 

America’s defense spending doubled in the same period that its economy shrunk from 32 to 23 percent of global output*

*This fact originally said defense spending had doubled since 2008.
 

Source: National Defense Magazine

The yearly cost of stationing one soldier in Iraq could feed 60 American families.

The total known land area occupied by U.S. bases and facilities is 15,654 square miles — bigger than D.C., Massachusetts, and New Jersey combined.

The total known land area occupied by U.S. bases and facilities is 15,654 square miles -- bigger than D.C., Massachusetts, and New Jersey combined.

Source: Brookings 

Each day in Afghanistan costs the government more than it did to build the entire Pentagon

In 2008, the Pentagon spent more money every five seconds in Iraq than the average American earned in a year

In 2008, the Pentagon spent more money every five seconds in Iraq than the average American earned in a year

Source: About.com 

The pentagon budget consumes 80% of individual income tax revenue

Two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Defense Department still has more than 40 generals, admirals or civilian equivalents based in Europe

The amount the government has spent compensating radiation victims of nuclear testing ($1.5 billion) could fully educate 13,000 American kids

The amount the government has spent compensating radiation victims of nuclear testing ($1.5 billion) could fully educate 13,000 American kids

Image: Mad House Photography via Flickr

Source: All Business 

The Pentagon spends more on war than all 50 states combined spend on health, education, welfare, and safety

The Pentagon spends more on war than all 50 states combined spend on health, education, welfare, and safety

Image: Howard Davies-Carr

Source: Intel Daily 

The U.S. has 5% of the world’s population — but almost 50% of the world’s total military expenditure

So where do they get all that money?

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/facts-about-defense-spending-2010-11?op=1#ixzz1Q0gog5Xz

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