[HCCN] fw: Fighting over the crumbs
JUDY at ROBBINSandROBBINS.com
Thu Mar 3 19:48:13 EST 2011
Published on Thursday, March 3, 2011 by GRITtv
Fighting Over Crumbs Left from Military Spending
by Laura Flanders
There's been a joke going around the labor protests. It goes
something like this:
A union member, a CEO and a Tea Party member are sitting at a table
with 12 cookies. The CEO grabs 11, turns to the Tea Partier and says
“The Union's out to take your cookie!”
I've been thinking that the joke applies pretty well to another
situation. For instance, the military. Our military spending grabs 11
cookies and leaves us all battling over the 12th.
Christopher Hellman at TomDispatch added up all the military-related
spending in the budget and came to a startling number: for fiscal
year 2012, the actual military budget is something like $1.2 trillion
Trillion with a T.
Just to put that in perspective for a second, a million seconds is 12
days. A trillion seconds is 31,688 years.
So after all that cash is gone, what are we left with? Not a whole
heck of a lot for the rest of us. “Discretionary” spending is nearly
40% of the budget, but if Hellman's numbers are accurate, that $1.2
trillion eats up nearly 90% of discretionary funds, leaving just 10%
for the rest of us. (That doesn't include mandatory spending on
things like Social Security and Medicare, which are separate.)
To be fair, Tea Partiers have called for military spending cuts, too.
Rand Paul, hardly a progressive, pointed out that you could cut all
of the non-military discretionary spending and not balance the budget—
and Politifact rated it True.
The point behind the joke still holds, though. Instead of fighting
over the last crumbs, maybe it's time to team up and grab some of the
cookies back from the people who've been hanging on to far more than
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