At the end of this month, immediately after Feb 28th, defense cuts are coming. It has already been voted into law. We will see 10% cut. Maybe we can cut more next year, but at least 10% should be cut this year. We have way too much welfare going to defense researchers, defense contractors, and defense operations.
I have a friend who works on military projects; he makes very little progress, yet he believes he is funded for life. We need to send a message to these arrogant wasters.
Vote out any representative who prevents these cuts from taking place.
Defense-related expenditure 2012 Budget request & Mandatory spending
DOD spending $707.5 billion Base budget + "Overseas Contingency Operations"
FBI counter-terrorism $2.9 billion At least one-third FBI budget.
International Affairs $5.6–$63.0 billion At minimum, foreign arms sales. At most, entire State budget
Energy Department, defense-related $21.8 billion
Veterans Affairs $70.0 billion
Homeland Security $46.9 billion
NASA, satellites $3.5–$8.7 billion Between 20% and 50% of NASA's total budget
Veterans pensions $54.6 billion
Other defense-related mandatory spending $8.2 billion
Interest on debt incurred in past wars $109.1–$431.5 billion Between 23% and 91% of total interest
Total Spending $1.030–$1.415 trillion