Brother can you spare 15%?

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of it laborers, the genius of its scientists and the hopes of its children” President Dwight D. Eisenhower, April 16, 1953

According to the Brookings Institute:

We (the U.S.) currently spend some $35 billion to operate and maintain our nuclear force… That amounts to 14 percent of all appropriated funds for national defense, even excluding things like the unknown portion of the Navy’s costs for strategic antisubmarine warfare.

From a (not so) recent speech:

The FY 2003 defense budget for national defense requests $396 billion which is an increase of $48 billion, or 14 percent, over the FY 2002 budget.

The proposed increase of $48 billion alone is more than the total military budgets of every other nation in the world.

The President’s Fiscal Year FY 2005 budget further accelerates the emphasis towards Pentagon spending and hardware and away from homeland security, intelligence, law enforcement, health & education, and infrastructure. Total discretionary spending on labor health and education across the federal government, for example, would increase less than 1% compared to the 7.1% increase in Pentagon spending, to $401.7 billion, not counting the continuing cost of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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