Posted by: Disillusioned | April 15, 2009

Military Budget

Hi,

In response to a comment I received, I am posting my response to your question on the military budget here.  This is a perfect example of how the mainstream media can spin a story.  The news is stating the budget is slashed, however the truth of the matter is, some programs were cut and others were increased – totalling a larger budget than previously anticipated. 

“In the final year of the Bush administration (and excluding the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan) the defense budget was $513 billion. In FY 2010, if Gates and Obama get their way, it will be $534 billion–$534 billion that will be spent much differently than last year’s outlays were.

But you’d never know that from the news coverage. ”

Question:  Why aren’t costs of wars considered in the defense budget

Anyhow – here is a link to a site where I believe you will get more facts than the mainstream media is reporting:

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/04/media-reports-major-defense-budget-cuts-as-obama-proposes-increase-in-defense-budget.php

And a bit more info from wikipedia (be cautious with this – take anything from wikipedia with a grain of salt):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_budget_of_the_United_States

Thanks for asking about this.  I hope this answers your question.

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