What Do We Get For Our Money?

I am unashamed antiwar supporter…..I have witnessed first hand the obscenities of war and the waste of money that could be used for good.

I keep writing about the barbarity of war and few seem to care……so maybe I should try a different tack……

I recently wrote a post about the fact that the US can no longer afford a war……

Source: The US Can No Longer Afford War! – In Saner Thought

The voter is always looking for a way to lessen the burden on themselves thru taxation policies……maybe a better way to bring attention to the war profit is to tell where the tax dollars go to support war……

You wouldn’t know it, based on the endless cries for more money coming from the military, politicians, and the president, but these are the best of times for the Pentagon.  Spending on the Department of Defense alone is already well in excess of half a trillion dollars a year and counting.  Adjusted for inflation, that means it’s higher than at the height of President Ronald Reagan’s massive buildup of the 1980s and is now nearing the post-World War II funding peak.  And yet that’s barely half the story.  There are hundreds of billions of dollars in “defense” spending that aren’t even counted in the Pentagon budget.

Under the circumstances, laying all this out in grisly detail — and believe me, when you dive into the figures, they couldn’t be grislier — is the only way to offer a better sense of the true costs of our wars past, present, and future, and of the funding that is the lifeblood of the national security state.  When you do that, you end up with no less than 10 categories of national security spending (only one of which is the Pentagon budget).  So steel yourself for a tour of our nation’s trillion-dollar-plus “national security” budget. Given the Pentagon’s penchant for wasting money and our government’s record of engaging in dangerously misguided wars without end, it’s clear that a large portion of this massive investment of taxpayer dollars isn’t making anyone any safer.

Source: Top Ten Ways your Taxes pay for Endless War | Informed Comment

It really is NOT rocket science……

There you have it…..you want your tax dollars to go further to improve the country then make war less profitable…..and then you can see your tax dollars at work….for good.


5 thoughts on “What Do We Get For Our Money?

  1. War is the biggest industry in the US today. Stands to reason the wars have to continue. Same with the secret funding of terrorist groups, alongside the Saudis. Without terrorists to be scared of, it’s hard to justify the necessary expense on ‘security’. The circle continues…
    Regards, Pete.

  2. Some of the theories people come up with are rather strange.We too easily believe whatever it is we wish to believe.

    Sanity check! Who was our president for the last eight years? Was Obama a military spending advocate or an advocate for using the military to advance his social agenda?

    Please check the following.

    Does the Defense Dept waste money? Wrong question! What part of the government doesn’t waste money?

    If we don’t want the money we earned wasted, the best thing to do is to spend it ourselves. Will we still waste some of our money? Yes, but we won’t be able to blame anyone else.

    Am I anti-war? Yes! Hence I support a strong military, and I think defense is the primary task of the Federal Government. Unfortunately, nearly 80 percent of the Federal Budget is spent on something else. The Federal Government spends most of the money we give it doing things the Constitution does not authorize it to do, and we sure don’t get very much for all that money.

    1. All presidents are pushing an agenda….but so far using the military for a social agenda is a matter of opinion…I have seen nothing that leads me to believe but I guess it will depend on the definition of “social agenda”….chuq

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