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It doesn't go into much detail, but how much of a contribution is it, and what is it, in regards to the overall budget of the U.S. military (which is immense), and how much is my tax dollar?
drunken wrote:Well as the original question seems to be resolved, I will suggest a new one that also fits the topic title:
Is the massive budget of the US military justified given the other uses and needs for public money at this time?
Specific examples include the national deficit, health, education and welfare systems, people that are starving or homeless or simply live below the poverty line. Even if all the basic rights and needs of citizens were perfectly well catered for I still would rather see the money spent on the space program, civilian technology research, or even a huge humanitarian infrastructure program. These are just a few examples, anyone can sit down and think of ways of spending trillions of dollars, people do it just for fun at parties.
I don't live in the US so my perspective may be skewed by the fact that the weapons this money is being spent on are as likely to be used against me as defending me. Nevertheless, I think large social improvement programs have a defence value as well because they reduce ill will towards your country and therefore reduce the danger of conflict, and increase the international support that comes when a conflict does arise.
Moderators: I perfectly understand if my thread hijacking is unnacceptable and apologise for burdening you with the extra work of deleting my post. The thread seemed to have petered out and I think that a discussion of military funding in the US is well warranted.
I have no problem with this, if my opinion matters.