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http://thehill.com/blogs....se-bill

Wow that's a lot of money.
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What was the spending this year?  I think $633B might actually be a decrease -- although only slightly.

We cannot begin to solve our deficit problem without significantly reining in both defense and social spending.  Seems like half the nation supports defense spending.  And half supports continued levels of social spending (if not even more).

And nobody wants to be told "no".

I wonder if this too is a Greek Tragedy -- where inaction continues because we the citizenry (and the two parties we support) keep checking each other... and nothing will be done until "the people outside" stop lending us money?  Not good, whichever way we are looking at it.


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Yep, last years was $662.

The difference is equal to the entire budget for the National Insitutes of Health for 2010.... To put some scale on defense's magnitude.
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A 4% decrease -- and that with Iraq and Afghanistan winding down -- is not a serious cut back at all.  We are burning ourselves up... a totally self-inflicted fiscal /economic ride down?

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It actually pretty significant when you look at what has happened before. It also includes a chunk for Afghanistan, which is still costing despite the wind down.
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Yes Afghanistan and somewhat Iraq are still very costly, even into the 2013 FY. Approaching $100 billion dollars for the year to come.

http://csis.org/files....GAR.pdf
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how much is the military's black budget which is off the books because its for secret crap?I heard its aroun 400billion?The military budget was 250b in 2000 right?Unreal.

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how much is the military's black budget which is off the books because its for secret crap?I heard its aroun 400billion?The military budget was 250b in 2000 right?Unreal.

Remember the 'peace dividend' when the USSR collapsed?   ???

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Yeah it's a lot of money, but that $633B keeps gas prices low.

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