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Posts Tagged ‘military spending

New Record for Military Spending

April 24, 2012

On April 17, 2012, as millions of Americans were filing their income tax returns, the highly-respected Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) released its latest study of world military spending. In case Americans were wondering where most of their tax money — and the tax money of other nations — went in the previous year, […]

Power and progress through Demilitarization

April 16, 2012

Nobel Laureate Óscar Arias writes: “My country Costa Rica, has shown what a reduction in military spending can do for a society. In 1948 my country made a voluntary decision that no other had ever undertaken, to abolish its army and declare peace to the world.” Arias, president of Costa Rica (from 1986-1990 and 2006-2010) […]

US Defense Department the world’s largest employer

December 16, 2011

According to a study by The Economist, America’s defense department had 3.2m people on its payroll last year, equivalent to 1% of the U.S. population. Historically, Americans have always been more concerned about big government than big business or big labor in response to this trend question dating back to 1965. Today, Americans’ concerns about […]

The staggering billion dollar defense industry

December 10, 2011

The US government spent a staggering $US687 billion on “defense” last year. Think what could be done with that money if it were put into hospitals, schools or to pay off foreclosed mortgages. The US, under George W. Bush, decided to privatize the invasion of Iraq by employing “contractors” such as the Blackwater company, now […]

Military budget scare tactics by Leon Panetta

December 10, 2011

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta wants you to be scared. Panetta warned that after possible cuts in the military budget, “we would have the smallest ground force since 1940, the smallest number of ships since 1915, and the smallest Air Force in its history.” Which would be pretty damn bad … [excerpt] Panetta’s comparison is logically […]

US Military spending has almost doubled since 2001

April 18, 2011

A new report released by SIPRI, a Swedish-based think tank, reveals that U.S. military spending has almost doubled since 2001. The U.S. spent an astounding $698 billion on the military last year, an 81% increase over the last decade. U.S. spending on the military last year far exceeded any other country. We spent six times […]

Ways in which America leads the world

March 30, 2011

Amongst 20 of the world’s wealthiest countries, America now has:  the highest poverty rate, both generally and for children;  the greatest inequality of incomes;  the smallest amount of government spending (as a percentage of GDP) on social programs for the disadvantaged;  the lowest number of paid holidays, annual leave days and […]

The economic effects of Israel invading Iran

June 30, 2010

Pravda’s take on warships looming around Iran: Israel will never allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons, and Iran is absolutely determined to continue developing a nuclear program. War between Israel and Iran would not just affect the Middle East – it would have staggering implications for the rest of the globe. 1) The Price Of […]

Your Tax Dollars at War

April 14, 2010

The 2011 military budget is the largest in history, not just in actual dollars, but in inflation-adjusted dollars, exceeding even the spending in World War II, when the nation was on an all-out war footing. This military spending in all its myriad forms works out to represent 53% of total US federal spending. US military […]

10-to-1 disparity on U.S. military spending

December 22, 2009

With a census of slightly over 300 million in a world of almost seven billion people, the U.S. accounts for over 40 percent of officially acknowledged worldwide government military spending. A 10-1 disparity. According to some estimates, American military and military-related allotments in addition to the formal Pentagon budget can bring annual U.S. defense spending […]