Forum Post: Defense spending is expected to constitute nearly 60% of all federal discretionary spending this year.
Posted 3 years ago on May 25, 2012, 1:33 p.m. EST by TrevorMnemonic
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“The NDAA for 2013, H.R. 4310, authorizes a total of $642.7 billion. According to Congressional Quarterly, defense spending is expected to constitute nearly 60% of all federal discretionary spending this year. This expensive piece of legislation is a bad investment. It doubles down on war as an economic engine at a time when our domestic economy desperately needs attention."
“In addition to the $1.3 trillion we have already spent on the war in Afghanistan, H.R. 4310 authorizes an additional $88.5 billion to continue the war and the general war on terror. By continuing to authorize funds for this increasingly unpopular war, Congress is demonstrating just how woefully out of touch it is with the American public. A recent poll by the Associated Press showed that less than 25% of the American public support the war."
“Our participation in NATO comes at a great financial cost to the U.S. We contribute the majority of funds for NATO’s common budget, including 25% of the military budget. Between fiscal years 2010 and 2012 alone, we contributed more than $1.3 billion to NATO’s military budget. We also incur significant costs through the deployment of our forces in support of NATO missions. According to The Atlantic, the war in Libya cost the United States $1.1 billion."
"If you want war, prepare for war. If you want peace, prepare for peace. The NDAA prepares for War not Peace." - Dennis Kucinich
If less than 25% of the public supports the wars... why is the majority continually voting for pro-war Congress candidates and incumbents with a history of voting in favor of wars?