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Author: TriSec    Date: 02/28/2017 10:48:59

Good Morning.

It's been a very long time since we examined our military spending habits here at AAV.

So we'll dive right in, and we find this morning's Cost of War passing through:

$ 820, 272, 546, 000 .00



There's a new statistic out there, and it's broken down to about $117,035.00 per hour for these things.

But that's not all - Mr. Trump is planning on cutting wasteful spending for NPR and the NEA, as well as cuts to food stamps, welfare, and other such things. You'd think that these are a significant portion of the US budget, but this chart shows otherwise.

http://www.pgpf.org/sites/default/files/0070_Discretionary-Breakdown-full.gif


We all know these things, but it's back in sharper focus this morning because of the following story.


US President Donald Trump is seeking to boost defence spending by 10% in his proposed budget plan for 2018.

The blueprint will increase defence spending by $54bn (£43bn) but seeks to recoup that sum through deep cuts elsewhere, including to foreign aid.

Mr Trump's plan leaves large welfare programmes untouched, despite Republican calls for reform.

The president has consulted government agencies about his plans and will present his budget to Congress in May.

Between now and then, he needs to identify where the agencies can make savings and work out what he does with tax reform.

Republican John McCain said the $603bn defence budget - which was outlined by White House officials - would be insufficient.

Speaking at the White House during a meeting with state governors on Monday morning, Mr Trump said: "We're going to do more with less and make the government lean and accountable."

The president, who vowed to increase military spending and preserve welfare programmes during his campaign, said the budget will focus on "military, safety, economic development".

"It will include an historic increase in defence spending to rebuild the depleted military of the United States of America at a time we most need it," he said.


I suppose it's a good thing, as this next chart shows how far behind the rest of the world the United States has fallen, regarding military spending.

http://www.pgpf.org/sites/default/files/0053_defense-comparison-full.gif


But hey, that's what good totalitarian states do. Look how well that worked out for the Soviet Union.


 
 

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