Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The 2011 Budget Deal... War Is Theft

According to Tuesday's press release from the House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, the 2011 budget deal "will cut an unparalleled nearly $40 billion in federal spending"

The press release goes on to say that it is "the largest non-defense spending cut in the history of our nation – tens of billions larger than any other non-defense reduction"

Although there are cuts to just about everything under the sun, there is a key phrase that is mostly going unnoticed, "non-defense reduction".

According to the House Appropriations Committee "The Department of Defense is funded at $513 billion in the CR (continuing resolution)– approximately $5 billion above last year". It goes on to say that "The bill also includes an additional $157.8 billion for overseas contingency operations (emergency funding) to advance our missions abroad."

While cutting most domestic programs, the single largest budget item gets an increase. Most of our income tax dollars go to support the military, close to 50% of each tax dollar is spent on funding past and present wars.

"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 not clothed."
~Dwight D. Eisenhower

"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
~Jesus (Luke 12:34)

Peace, Love, and Light!
Kevin (Cloud)


coloradomama said...

There is so much waste in defense budget! They still make huge, unwieldy "dinosaur" equipment that has no use whatsoever in the current war landscape. Yet,whenever anyone attempts to cut the military budget, the far-right media spin is that "they don't want to fund our troops and are putting them at risk." Enough of this already!
I have an idea! Let's bring the troops HOME!

Hippie Christian said...

Amen Laura, Amen!