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:
And a bit more info from wikipedia (be cautious with this – take anything from wikipedia with a grain of salt):
Thanks for asking about this. I hope this answers your question.