“A Pale Green Mermaid Blog”
National Public Radio said today that defense spending has increased 70 percent since the year 2000. So you might wonder what percentage is defense spending in relation to the overall US government budget.
Defense 24.4 percent
Healthcare 23.00 perecent
Pensions 22.9 percent
Welfare 9.1 percent
Interest 8.6 percent
and Other 12.0 percent (FY 2007)
I think that the budget for defense could be reduced by half by auditing the defense department and reducing waste and corruption at all levels. Then that money could be used for creating green jobs by converting old defense contractors facilities to green technology. (just an idea!)
And there would still be some money to improve education better fund the state Department (talking rather fighting if possible) and help with the health care problem. In dollars the defense department spent an average of 680 million in 2007.
Only 72 million was spent on Veterans.
So support Secretary of Defense Gates in his efforts to re-balance defense spending by contacting congress and letting them know what your view is on the issue.
Note: www.congress.org Contact info by state
For more detailed information on us budget see www.usgovernmentspending.com
Look for US government spending overall.