Register here

Author Topic: Global Military Spending - NEWS ONLY  (Read 35126 times)

Offline kaiserd

  • CLEARANCE: Secret
  • **
  • Posts: 281
  • I really should change my personal text
Re: Global Military Spending - NEWS ONLY
« Reply #240 on: March 18, 2017, 01:21:24 am »
http://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2017/03/09/spending_on_defensehow_much_is_enough_110937.html

Quote
                                                                        1991               2015           % increase

    Social Security                                              $272B             $882B            +324%
    Medicare                                                      $123B              $646B            +525%
    Medicaid                                                        $98B              $545B           +556%
    Income assistance/welfare                              $53B              $218B           +411%
    Disability compensation                                  $48B              $143B           +298%
    Food Stamps                                                 $17B                $80B             +470%
    Defense                                                      $306B               $582B           +190%*

Disgusting isn't it?  The safety of the country can go hang as long as the entitlements keep flowing.

Per the figures above defence spending increases 190 percent during this period, approx 2.5 times the rate of inflation during this period. Considering this period also featured the near total economic and military collapse of your main rival (USSR) and that US continues to spend far far more on defence than anyone else and have by far the most powerful military in the world your claim of the safety of your country being left to go hang has no rational basis re: the figures above.
If your disgusted at spending on the US social welfare system perhaps an actual political forum would be a better match for the discussion you want to have?

Offline bobbymike

  • CLEARANCE: Top Secret
  • ***
  • Posts: 6745
Re: Global Military Spending - NEWS ONLY
« Reply #241 on: March 18, 2017, 07:53:22 am »
http://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2017/03/09/spending_on_defensehow_much_is_enough_110937.html

Quote
                                                                        1991               2015           % increase

    Social Security                                              $272B             $882B            +324%
    Medicare                                                      $123B              $646B            +525%
    Medicaid                                                        $98B              $545B           +556%
    Income assistance/welfare                              $53B              $218B           +411%
    Disability compensation                                  $48B              $143B           +298%
    Food Stamps                                                 $17B                $80B             +470%
    Defense                                                      $306B               $582B           +190%*

Disgusting isn't it?  The safety of the country can go hang as long as the entitlements keep flowing.

Per the figures above defence spending increases 190 percent during this period, approx 2.5 times the rate of inflation during this period. Considering this period also featured the near total economic and military collapse of your main rival (USSR) and that US continues to spend far far more on defence than anyone else and have by far the most powerful military in the world your claim of the safety of your country being left to go hang has no rational basis re: the figures above.
If your disgusted at spending on the US social welfare system perhaps an actual political forum would be a better match for the discussion you want to have?
According to a US Inflation calculation website cumulative inflation over this period is 78.9% (178.9 of 1991's value) making defense spending of $306B in 1991 equal to $547B today. So don't know where you got 2.5 times figure from?

That said and despite my full agreement with sferrin this is a news only thread.
"The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection." - Thomas Paine

"On what principle is it that with nothing but improvement behind us, we are to expect nothing but deterioration before us?" - Lord Macaulay

Offline bobbymike

  • CLEARANCE: Top Secret
  • ***
  • Posts: 6745
"The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection." - Thomas Paine

"On what principle is it that with nothing but improvement behind us, we are to expect nothing but deterioration before us?" - Lord Macaulay

Offline bobbymike

  • CLEARANCE: Top Secret
  • ***
  • Posts: 6745
Re: Global Military Spending - NEWS ONLY
« Reply #243 on: March 19, 2017, 12:19:39 am »
NATO spending percentage of GDP
"The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection." - Thomas Paine

"On what principle is it that with nothing but improvement behind us, we are to expect nothing but deterioration before us?" - Lord Macaulay

Offline bobbymike

  • CLEARANCE: Top Secret
  • ***
  • Posts: 6745
Re: Global Military Spending - NEWS ONLY
« Reply #244 on: March 20, 2017, 06:06:08 pm »
http://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=2446

Pentagon: $30B Budget Bump in 2017 Only a ‘Down Payment’
"The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection." - Thomas Paine

"On what principle is it that with nothing but improvement behind us, we are to expect nothing but deterioration before us?" - Lord Macaulay

Offline bring_it_on

  • CLEARANCE: Top Secret
  • ***
  • Posts: 1047
  • I really should change my personal text
Re: Global Military Spending - NEWS ONLY
« Reply #245 on: March 21, 2017, 01:12:40 pm »
We really don't need another public policy debate given that the budget has really only increased by 3-4% over what Obama had in his FYDP. The problem with entitlement spending in the US has to do with its dramatic growth and how policy decisions have almost exclusively focused on the symptoms and not the underlying cause.
Old radar types never die; they just phased array - Unknown

Offline bobbymike

  • CLEARANCE: Top Secret
  • ***
  • Posts: 6745
"The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection." - Thomas Paine

"On what principle is it that with nothing but improvement behind us, we are to expect nothing but deterioration before us?" - Lord Macaulay

Offline bobbymike

  • CLEARANCE: Top Secret
  • ***
  • Posts: 6745
Re: Global Military Spending - NEWS ONLY
« Reply #247 on: April 04, 2017, 06:43:20 pm »


Heritage Foundation Dakota Wood on DOD spending requirements.
"The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection." - Thomas Paine

"On what principle is it that with nothing but improvement behind us, we are to expect nothing but deterioration before us?" - Lord Macaulay

Offline bobbymike

  • CLEARANCE: Top Secret
  • ***
  • Posts: 6745
"The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection." - Thomas Paine

"On what principle is it that with nothing but improvement behind us, we are to expect nothing but deterioration before us?" - Lord Macaulay