It seems that many Republicans in this country have the idea that those who are on Welfare are “lazy” or “drug addicts.” I know that I seem to talk about this topic a lot of my Facebook and such, but it irritates me to no end whenever I see Conservatives, people that are supposed to be Christians, ranting and raving about “Socialist” programs, and how “lazy deadbeats” are destroying our country. Yet, mysteriously… These people are absolutely silent when it comes to funding our massive military, or programs like the NSA. Where is the “righteous” indignation against unprecedented military spending? Where is the moral outrage against the NSA for all of the spying they’ve been doing on not only our allies, but US citizens as well?
Here is the amount of money spent on military for the top 5 countries in 2012 (in billions):
United States – $682 (39% of the World’s share)
China – $166 (9.5%)
Russia – $90.7 (5.2%)
UK – $60.8 (3.5%)
Japan – $59.3 (3.4%)
Since the NSA is a secretive organization, we don’t even get to know exactly what they spend, but it’s estimated to be in the $10’s – $100’s of millions a month, and conservatives complain about social programs that help the poor and needy? Why does America need to spend more than the next 9 countries combined on military? Just to give an idea of the types of things that are being purchased for the military, let’s take a look at the F-35 Fighter Jet:
The Pentagon now forecasts that the conventional takeoff A-model will average a cost of $76.8 million per plane
The forecast assumes U.S. purchases of 2,443 production jets, on top of 14 test planes. (In case you don’t want to do the math, that is over $185 billion…)
The cost of operating and sustaining the new planes is estimated to reach $1.1 trillion,assuming that they will be used for 50 years
And just remember, these are all just estimates. They are purchasing these planes and they don’t even know how much these planes are actually going to cost them! What in the world are they preparing for? An alien invasion? World domination? Remember, those $185 billion are just going to buy the planes. This isn’t considering the cost for aircraft carriers, ammunition, training, etc…
When it comes to the complaints about social programs, I have to say, I just don’t get it… Especially in light of how much we spend on our military. So, we’ve taken a tiny glimpse at military spending, now let’s compare some of the social assistance programs that are supposedly “draining” our economy:
SNAP (Foodstamps): Estimated to be $75 billion a year (and remember, the House has passed a bill to cut $4 billion from the program)
TANF Federal (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families): $16.5 billion annually
TANF State: $10-$11 billion annually
These are true Welfare programs. Many Republicans are now claiming that Welfare spending has reached closed to $1 trillion, but this is a gross manipulation of the facts. What these Republicans aren’t mentioning is the fact that they are counting 83 different programs as “Welfare,” “including Pell Grants, public works spending, Head Start, child support enforcement, the Child Tax Credit, Foster Care assistance, housing for old people, [the Earned Income Tax Credit] and much more.” It’s ridiculous to bundle 83 different programs, many of which are tax credits for middle class families, and call them “Welfare.” If America really wants to cut back on spending, they need to take a look at where our money is really going, and the biggest culprit is military spending.
Just a final thought; In 2006 the United States spent $56 billion dollars on social welfare programs, but gave $92 billion in subsidies and tax breaks to large corporations. Another thing you never hear Republicans / Conservatives complaining about. What a shock!
Written By: James Garcia (10/22/2013)
More on the F-35 Fighter program: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-05-23/business/sns-rt-us-lockheed-fighter-costbre94m1b8-20130523_1_f-35-program-pentagon-cost-4-percent-f-35-joint-strike-fighter
More on Republican lies about Welfare: http://www.salon.com/2012/10/18/new_lie_the_government_spends_more_on_welfare_than_everything_else/