Enzo Titolo

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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Where do some of our tax dollars go instead of healthcare?

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/GL14Aa01.html

The United States now possesses 10,300 [nuclear] warheads...the TNT tonnage of destruction power with bigger warheads...commands the equivalent of 120,000-130,000 Hiroshima-sized bombs....
US nuclear-weapons spending against all other federal government spending from 1940-96, as documented by the Office of Management and Budget..., the US spent nearly $5.5 trillion on nuclear weapons and weapons-related programs in constant 1996 dollars. Non-nuclear related national defense totaled $13.2 trillion. Social Security, [was] at $7.9 trillion. Nuclear-weaponry spending over this 56-year period exceeded the combined total federal spending for education; training, employment, and social services; agriculture; natural resources and environmental protection; general science, space, and technology; community and regional development (including disaster relief); law enforcement; and energy production and regulation (including nuclear energy)... On average, the United States has spent $98 billion a year on nuclear weapons, or $1.40 per capita per day, while more than 20% of the world's people live on less than $1 day.

1 Comments:

At 4:54 AM, Blogger Enzo Titolo said...

I have been wondering about the irony of the US playing global cop to the world, while our industrialized allies get discounted defense budgets and national healthcare for their citizens. Is U.S. industry less competitive because employers tend to pay into health insurance for employees when other industrialized nations pay for their health costs directly?

 

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