Thursday, July 25, 2013

House approves 2014 defense spending bill - 07/24/2013

House approves 2014 defense spending bill

This article details the public defense spending bill for 2014. The UNITED STATES is the largest contributor to defense spending in the world. They spend incredible amounts of money on our national defense.

"House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., on the House floor, hailed the legislation.

“This total reflects an appropriate, thorough analysis of what is needed to keep this country safe,” Rogers said. “Freedom isn’t free; our liberties, our rights, and our property are preserved by our national defense — but at a cost."
“As the House considers robust funding for defense, veterans, and homeland security, we are slashing critical services and investments like medical research, nutrition, clean and renewable energy, job training, and affordable housing,” she said. “The cuts proposed by the majority will eliminate jobs, increase poverty and hunger, and make it more difficult for working families to make ends meet.”
The mind set being promulgated: FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real), & Paranoia. Representative Rogers is right in stating that Freedom isn't free, I would argue that Freedom comes at a high cost of self responsibility/awareness/accountability; not who has the biggest stick.


Another point of reference:

U.S. Defense Spending vs. Global Defense Spending

April 24, 2013

"In 2012, the most recent year for which complete data is available, the U.S. approved $645.7 billion in defense budget authority (fiscal year 2013 dollars). This figure includes funding for the Pentagon base budget, Department of Energy-administered nuclear weapons activities, and the war in Afghanistan. 
This number is six times more than China, 11 times more than Russia, 27 times more than Iran and 33 times more than Israel. Though China is often cited as the country’s next great military adversary, U.S. military spending currently doubles that of all of the countries in Asia combined. In 2012, the U.S. consumed 41 percent of total global military spending. 
The U.S. also remained in the top 10 highest spending countries as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), one widespread measure of military spending, trailing behind countries such as Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and Israel, all of which have a significantly lower total military expenditure as well as a lower total GDP.I"



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