How it breaks down:
Budget Breakdown for 2012
|Defense-related expenditure||2012 Budget request & Mandatory spending||Calculation|
|DOD spending||$707.5 billion||Base budget + "Overseas Contingency Operations"|
|FBI counter-terrorism||$2.7 billion||At least one-third FBI budget.|
|International Affairs||$5.6–$63.0 billion||At minimum, foreign arms sales. At most, entire State budget|
|Energy Department, defense-related||$21.8 billion|
|Veterans Affairs||$70.0 billion|
|Homeland Security||$46.9 billion|
|NASA, satellites||$3.5–$8.7 billion||Between 20% and 50% of NASA's total budget|
|Veterans pensions||$54.6 billion|
|Other defense-related mandatory spending||$8.2 billion|
|Interest on debt incurred in past wars||$109.1–$431.5 billion||Between 23% and 91% of total interest|
|Total Spending||$1.030–$1.415 trillion|
If the Occupy movement ever gets its focus, this is where you start. There is no greater single problem source than our military spending:
- The more you spend on the military, the more you pollute.
- The more you spend on the military, the fewer jobs you create or maintain.
- The more you spend on the military, the less you can spend on the goods and services of life.
It is time. 2012 should be the year we get a grip on this. Resolved.