Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Military Industrial Complex Questions

You know, for the leader of the democratic world, for a nation that espouses peace and liberty, it sure spends a hell of a lot of money($532 billion!) on the military. This means that the US spends 47% of the Worldwide budget on military expenditures! The next closest is The United Kingdom and France which both spend about 5%. According to the Infoplease source, the United States spent $455 billion in 2004. Great Britain spent $47 billion and France $46 billion. Our "enemy" Iran is not even close to our spending. So the obvious question is, what does American taxpayer money go to pay? This chart shows just where tax money goes here in America. The plurality of American taxpayer money goes to fund the military, at 28%. Health at 20%, and Interest on Debt at 18%. Education only costs 4% of the total budget. Now, let's look at the contributors to politicians, the lobbyists among the Industrial sector.....Lockheed Martin contributes $770,000 to politicians, mostly Republicans. What does Lockheed Martin make for the Pentagon? Planes, weapons, etc. Why do they need to contribute so much money to politicians? Here are some articles and definitions, including President Eisenhower's original speech to scare us about the relations between the military, the industry, and politicians. These organizations are not about peace, and never will be. I quote the movie Spies Like Us:

General Sline: When we commissioned the Schmectel Corporation to research this precise event sequence scenario, it was determined that the continual stockpiling and development of our nuclear arsenal was becoming self-defeating. A weapon unused is a useless weapon.
I would add, "a weapon unused is a cost, a weapon used is a profit."

2 Comments:

At 4/26/2006 03:20:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

if you put the 21 countries that follow the US military spending together... still the US is higher.

the 5% of the world populations, expends the 50% of the military spendings.

 
At 4/26/2006 04:10:00 PM, Blogger nicolaepadigone said...

short of the Second Coming, is there anything we can do to stop this?

 

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