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International Comparisons of Military Budgets

Pie chart of government expenditures..

I can’t tell whether there is another slant to the figures. For FY 2007, the entire budget is 2,251 billion dollars. Out of that, $563 billion goes to current military projects, $100 billion goes to unbudgeted projects (i.e., Iraq, Afganistan), and $439 goes to military pensions.

The site comments:

The government practice of combining trust and federal funds began during the Vietnam War, thus making the human needs portion of the budget seem larger and the military portion smaller.

On the same site, here’s a link to the hanguponwar.com protest site. It advocates not paying federal excise tax on your telephone bill used specifically to pay for the war. Here’s the card to send the telephone companies (PDF). It states the risks:

The IRS has the power to pursue collection, but because the amounts are small, the efforts to collect the tax are much more expensive than the lost revenue itself. In recent decades the IRS has not pursued collection for small amounts due.

From wikipedia, here’s a cross-country comparison of military budgets. See also the interesting discussion of China’s budget.

(See my other posts on the topic).

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