Military Budget: They Gotta Be Kidding


The U.S. defense budget for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1, 2018, is $716 billion. It’s one of the biggest defense budgets in modern American history. And if you add in other costs, actual military spending is nearly $1 trillion a year.

Consider these factoids:

• The amount of money labeled “wasted” or “lost” in Iraq just in 2007—$11 billion—could pay the annual salaries for 220,000 teachers.

• The Pentagon spends more on war than all 50 states combined spend on health, education, welfare and safety.

• The yearly cost of stationing one soldier in Iraq could feed 60 American families for a year.

• Each day in Afghanistan costs the government more than it did to build the entire Pentagon.

War is for the global billionaires, not for the people of the Earth. We were lied to in order to get us to support the wars in Vietnam and Iraq, and now the impending war against Venezuela. Isn’t it time to stop the lying, to change our priorities and to let the people live and prosper? The only change vehicle around is us. Let’s make it happen. And sooner rather than later! Can we stand another war?

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