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Stunning Numbers: Your Taxes Are “Off to War”February 24, 2012
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A note from the author:
Adjusted for inflation, the current military budget of $716.3 billion is 69% higher than the level in FY2000. Even if the Afghanistan War winds down and President Obama’s proposed cuts are implemented, the military budget in FY2017 will still be 28% higher than in FY2000.
This diary, with simple graphics and reference links for every fact, also shows how much of the discretionary budget (the part allocated by Congress and the President each year) goes to the military (52%), shows the high level of military spending now compared to any time since World War II, discusses the role of the Military-Industrial-Media-Congress Complex in maintaining this high level of spending, explores how to achieve real security, points out that the people-power revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt last year offer a more ethical and democratic way to topple repressive regimes, and provides a number of resources, including 6 things readers can do bring about change.
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“Our Taxes are Off to War — 2012 Edition”