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Billions for Defense, and Tribute Too!

May 14, 2009
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Winslow Wheeler breaks down the real numbers of Obama’s and Gates 2010 Defense Budget. Spoiler–Its a bit more than the $534 billion reported in the press. Politico.com reveals the additions including:

  • $6 billion the Pentagon will get in “mandatory” appropriations, mostly for personnel-related expenses.
  • $130 billion …to finance the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Money being sought by the Department of Energy for nuclear weapons and other appropriations, such as for the Selective Service and the National Defense Stockpile… Add another $22 billion.
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs … Add $106 billion.
  • Also consider the Department of Homeland Security: Add $43 billion.
  • Military and economic aid to Iraq and Afghanistan, gifts and loans to Israel and others, U.N. peacekeeping costs, and all the rest from the State Department…Add $49 billion. (That’s the tribute!)
  • An account buried in the Department of the Treasury to help pay for military retirement. Add about $28 billion.
  • Interest on the national debt… About 20 percent of federal spending goes to the Pentagon: That’s another $57 billion.

Add it all together, and you get $974 billion — almost $1 trillion.

If that isn’t enough to depress you, you can be sure the real cost of the rest of the whole Federal Pie goes equally unreported, and should be an equal if not worse harbinger of graft and corruption. But for the most part everyone only complains about defense, which should be the principle responsibility of our Big Brother government.

deficitDeficit chart via Instapundit with a H/T to Murdoc Online!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike Burleson permalink
    May 14, 2009 9:36 am

    It is a mess, Sven, out of control socialism and irresponsible capitalism. Soon it will all fall in on itself, and our children and grandchildren will have to pick up the pieces.

  2. May 14, 2009 8:59 am

    The deception is quite old. I showed two links to similar, earlier calculations here:
    http://defense-and-freedom.blogspot.com/2007/07/sustainability-of-military-power.html

    It’s similar to the practice of buying incomplete F-22’s. The pro-F22 people then use the purchase price, while the contra-F-22 guys have to search for all those hidden costs including separate spares purchases and update costs.
    The difference is also about a factor of 2.

    About the fiscal policy chart; is it any wonder that many European nations don’t follow the U.S.’s attempts to lead?

    First US/UK selfishly and shortsightedly let the financial sector go on a rampage against common sense and pride themselves with their “strong” financial sector.
    Now that they had the crash they’re straight on a road to super inflation and broken fiscal necks with enormous and quite nonsense stimulus (only 6% of US stimulus paid out so far, effect depends on whether you trust outdated economic theories or not; the “newer” ones tell you that it’s a bad idea).

  3. May 14, 2009 8:15 am

    Good catch. I saw this and thought, “yup, that is a lot of cash above and beyond the call of duty”.

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