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April 16th, 2009 By | News | Posted In: Public Policy, Government, Protests

Where All the 'Tea' Really Goes

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“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.” — President Dwight Eisenhower, Farewell Address (1961)

Eisenhower, a five-star general in the U.S. Army who led Allied forces in Europe during World War II, could’ve picked any topic he wanted when he gave his farewell address to the American people. He chose to talk about what he viewed as unjustified government spending.

Although it was the height of the Cold War and Ike called communism a “hostile ideology,” he knew a large segment of military spending was wasteful or unneeded. Military commanders and weapons manufacturers love feeding at the public trough, and their appetites are never satisfied.

In the 48 years since his remarks, alas, not much has changed.

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More than half of all federal tax dollars are spent to pay for past and current military operations, according to the latest version of the annual pie chart compiled by The War Resisters League. A whopping 54 percent of tax revenues will be spent on that purpose this year.

This includes $200 billion for the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; a figure that some economists say will reach $1 trillion before they’re completed.

As the League and the Media Mouse political blog recently noted, the United States accounts for 47 percent of the world’s total military spending. Our nation spends more than the next 15 nations combined, and 12 of those nations are U.S. allies

Many people who attended Wednesday’s “Tea Party” at Fountain Square either defended military expenditures or didn’t mention it at all while blasting out-of-control government spending, yet it’s the largest item.

Do we need this level of armaments? Are we any safer, especially against rogue nations or groups who attain nuclear weapons? When is it enough?

 
 
04.17.2009 at 10:09 Reply
This is priceless. It's amazing how these thinly-veiled racists get off on their demonstrations and whining.

 

11.26.2009 at 12:32
For racism look no further than your side: http://biggovernment.com/2009/11/25/breaking-charges-filed-in-kenneth-gladney-case/

 

04.18.2009 at 05:26 Reply
If there were truth in political labeling, these dead-enders would call themselves the "T" Party, with "T" standing for testosterone. Now I guess they want the US to invade Eritrea?

 

11.25.2009 at 01:04
Here's an accurate chart for military spending. It's more like 20-25 percent: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_budget_of_the_United_States

 

11.25.2009 at 12:57 Reply
Hmm, I noticed that there isn't a social services slice... that makes the chart a lie! The actual military slice is 20 to 30 percent. For a more reputable report: http://finance.yahoo.com/taxes/article/102817/How-Your-Tax-Dollars-Are-Spent

 

 
 
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