THE SACRED COW OF THE US CONGRESS

THE MILITARY EXPENSES AND THE US NATIONAL BUDGET

In February 2009, Congressman Barney Frank, D-Mass., called for a reduction in the defense budget: "The math is compelling: if we do not make reductions approximating 25 percent of the military budget starting fairly soon, it will be impossible to continue to fund an adequate level of domestic activity even with a repeal of Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy. I am working with a variety of thoughtful analysts to show how we can make very substantial cuts in the military budget without in any way diminishing the security we need…[American] well-being is far more endangered by a proposal for substantial reductions in Medicare, Social Security or other important domestic areas than it would be by canceling weapons systems that have no justification from any threat we are likely to face.

This main page and the designs I’m presenting here are not coming easy.
The Military Expenses are not an easy thing to approach and more is we have family and friends wearing the uniform. Also, is an arid and really complicated issue with number, laws and things the sounds like Cuneiform Scriptures for the average Citizen.
But I feel compel to bring something simplify to call attention to what’s going on, something we can see an understand with a littlest of common sense. The Military Expenses are eating more than the 58% of the National Budget, the same budget that our Representative are trying to get a deal to avoid a total Economical Armageddon of our National Economy due to the fact we can’t pay what we have borough.
During this process of arguments, fights, insults and cuts, the American Citizen has been placed in a position of Limbo for not knowing what we could expect an if our pensions, schools, medical coverage, welfare checks and civilian money will be affected. The only sector that have been left mostly untouched, as a Holly Cow, is the Military Expenses.
In total, including the Military Budget (20% of the National Budget) and the unknown and hiding Military expenses sums a total of more than $1.4 Trillion every year, with unnecessary projects, weapons purchase and unnecessary wars and interventions. Taxpayers are paying to the contractors a lot more money than to their kids wellbeing and the progress of their communities and their own nation.
The Congress and the presidency is the responsible for the administration of the 25% we have to pay every year to Uncle Sam. Trillion of dollars waisted in destruction. Nonsense. I read few weeks ago that the Military uses $20 Billion a year to cool their bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, multiplied by 10 years that makes $200 Billions trashed into the air. Unthinkable.
So, I hope this campaign helps to all of us to realize that we need to stop this Monster of the Military Industrial Complex. To limit their expenses without putting out troops at risk, to make the Department of Defense accountable for every single penny invested in DEFEND our Nation. Is not right to scarify the well being of Civilians to keep feeding this Corporate Monster. At the end, we are the one paying the Taxes, not them.

NOTE:
Some of these charts and information is base on the 2010 information, even though 2 years has pass, the pattern in the distribution has change little. This is just a informative blog rather than an official or legal one. Please take this in consideration for the Common Sense analysis I will give you. Thank you.

BUDGET FOR 2010
For the 2010 fiscal year, the president’s base budget of the Department of spending on “overseas contingency operations” brings the sum to $663.8 billion.
When the budget was signed into law on October 28, 2009, the final size of the Department of Defense’s budget was $680 billion, $16 billion more than President Obama had requested. An additional $37 billion supplemental bill to support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan was expected to pass in the spring of 2010, but has been delayed by the House of Representatives after passing the Senate.

Something I would like to mention here is the big differences you can see on the amount of billions of dollars paid to the Uncle Sam from the Income Taxes and the amount of billions expended on the US Federal Budget. The amount proceeding for the Social Security it double the amount paid. off course, half of the Income from SS goes to Medicare/Medicare. That’s all right to don’t cut or not being able to make the payments the Government is obligated to do…

What it really call my attention is the percentage paid by Corporations, only 9%, when they are the biggest beneficiary of Government Contracts and Benefits from Laws and bailouts. I think it really shows the point I was presenting in another page about this Collusion between Government (Congress) and Corporations. At the same time, they are the ones that have been saved from the budget cuts, mainly those in the Military Industrial Complex. We should be aware of this and ask for some explanations.

EMERGENCY AND SUPPLEMENTAL SPENDING
The recent invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan were largely funded through supplementary spending bills outside the Federal Budget, so they are not included in the military budget figures listed below. Starting in the fiscal year 2010 budget however, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are categorized as “Overseas Contingency Operations” and included in the budget.
By the end of 2008, the U.S. had spent approximately $900 billion in direct costs on the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. Indirect costs such as interest on the additional debt and incremental costs of caring for the more than 33,000 wounded borne by the Veterans Administration are additional. Some experts estimate these indirect costs will eventually exceed the direct costs.

OTHER DEFENSE-RELATED EXPENDITURES
This does not include many military-related items that are outside of the Defense Department budget, such as nuclear weapons research, maintenance, cleanup, and production, which is in the Department of Energy budget, Veterans Affairs, the Treasury Department’s payments in pensions to military retirees and widows and their families, interest on debt incurred in past wars, or State Department financing of foreign arms sales and militarily-related development assistance. Neither does it include defense spending that is not military in nature, such as the Department of Homeland Security, counter-terrorism spending by the FBI, and intelligence-gathering spending by NASA.

As an example of some Hidden expenses in our US National Budget that is a portion called Black Budget. A black budget is a budget that is secretly collected from the overall income of a country, a corporation, a society of any form, a national department, and so on. A black budget usually covers expenses related to military research. The budget is kept secret for national security reasons.
So, the United States Department of Defense has a black budget it uses to fund expenditures, called black projects, it does not want to disclose publicly. The annual cost of the United States Department of Defense black budget was estimated at $32 billion in 2008 but was increased to an estimated $50 billion in 2009.
Saying this, I don’t try to expose security issues of our nation, but just make civilians of the “normal” existence of this so called Black Budget, and therefor there is a big portion of the Military Budget that is hidden. The same goes to the Intelligence agencies budged that could add another $80 Billion in Apportions.

Defense Contractors
A defense contractor (or military contractor) is a business organization or individual that provides products or services to a military department of a government. Products typically include military aircraft, ships, vehicles, weaponry, and electronic systems. Services can include logistics, technical support and training communications support, and in some cases team-based engineering in cooperation with the government.
Military contractors do not generally provide direct support of military operations. Under 1949 Geneva Conventions military contractors engaged in direct support of military operations may be legitimate targets of military attack. Compare to a private military contractor.
Defense contracting has expanded dramatically over the last decade, particularly in the United States, where in the last fiscal year the Department of Defense spent nearly $316 billion on contracts. Contractors have also assumed a much larger on-the-ground presence during recent American conflicts: during the 1991 Gulf War the ratio of uniformed military to contractors was about 50 to 1, while during the first four years of the Iraq War the U.S. hired over 190,000 contractors, surpassing the total American military presence even during the 2007 Iraq surge and 23 times greater than other allied military personnel numbers. In Afghanistan, the presence of almost 100,000 contractors has resulted in a near 1 to 1 ratio with military personnel.

TOP 100 FEDERAL CONTRATOS

MY CONCLUSIONS

What I am trying to exposed here is the necessity as American to pay more attention of the expenses our Congress are allowing to happen. Us, as tax payers, should be more involve on where our money goes and to know this money is not going to private pockets at the cost of hundreds of thousands of death in our foreign wars. If America has to go to war, let it happened for the Right Reason, not to allow Private Corporations to expand their markets and to profit out of it. Today as never before we need this money at home, there are so many unfinished business and a complete neglecting of problems of National Proportions.
Do not forget that Democracy is not just to vote for anyone that appeals us, Democracy is a constant work of over sighting and participation. of accountability and national motivation for the good of all. You, as Civilian are a direct element of the structure of Democracy. It is for You that the branches of government and the laws are made for, so you are able to make this nation strong and prosper, and I mean strong not by the gun, strong the the character and a long lasting prosperity.

Thank you

Yago

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This blog is able to exist thanks to the information available at Wikipedia.org
And to CBO Historical Tables for this great charts.

THE SACRED COW OF THE US CONGRESS

Yago

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In February 2009, Congressman Barney Frank, D-Mass., called for a reduction in the defense budget: "The math is compelling: if we do not make reductions approximating 25 percent of the military budget starting fairly soon, it will be impossible to continue to fund an adequate level of domestic activity…

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