Hey, didn't they keep saying something about Greece before the election. I didn't realize, although I should have, that they were "projecting" their desires. Now, they've walked out of work for a long weekend, because they are so completely out of touch with our society. They are all rich, so staying in Washington to help WE THE PEOPLE is not a priority for them. No, Boehner has to get home to his whiskey bottle and ciggys while Mitch McConnell practices how to speak without sounding like he's got a mouth full of marbles. All rich, all out of touch and hell bent on destroying President Obama but it's destroying America. These fools are treasonists and should be investigated. Didn't Mitch McConnell get it, his "making President Obama a one term president" FAILED. The GOP CONS attempt to undo Obamacare over 30 times at a cost of 24 million or so each time, FAILED. Romneys run for office FAILED. Bashing women FAILED. Bashing gays FAILED. Bashing blacks FAILED. Demonizing people who need public assistance FAILED. Bush's presidency FAILED. The Tea Bags FAILED. Sarah Palin quit and FAILED. Carl Rove FAILED. The stirred up total bull about Libya FAILED. It's like hey GOP CONS, what evidence of your failures do you need before you see your party is shrinking and you need to go in a more positive direction? Your party is only succeeding at waking up those who may have believed in you at one time and now they've seen you have no interest in them. The taxpayers of this country have supported your corporate and millionaire welfare long enough, it's time to give back to those who have carried this country aournd on their backs. Something most GOP CON whiney crybabies know nothing about. The blame game, oh no, it's no game, the blame is with the obstructionist racist GOP corporate CONS who don't want to support this country that they've made millions in. Get real.
Danny you forgot to tell us that obama is the first person in Washington to cut wasteful speeding with his sequester. Remember, his staff created the sequester, obama sign the bill and obama signed the order to put the cuts in effect so don't try to tell us that John Boehner had anything to do with the sequester. Anyway, I expect obama will be hitting the road on Monday (again) to take credit for the sequester. I am sure that he can take that opportunity to explain why he wants to shut down the national parks, do away with 170,000 jobs, create 90 minutes delays at our airport, fire school teachers, reduce our military strength, fire firemen and police, and cut aid to children and old people. Can't wait until he explains that to us, should be interesting.
So Danny, outline for us what you think should be done to resolve the deficit/debt issue? Separate your solution into discretionary versus non discretionary sections of the budget.
(1) Re-implement Clinton's arithmetic: by going back to the Clinton tax rates, and by cutting fat in government programs.
(2) Force the private sector corporations to re-create jobs, instead of the private sector destroying millions and millions of domestic jobs on the whole by outsourcing and by automation.
(3) Force the private sector large corporations to paid for their layoff workers' retraining and unemployment insurance payments, due to the private sector corporations' mass outsourcing and automation. Right now the private sector corporations keep all the gains from outsourcing and automation, while dumping the costs of outsourcing and automation to the government (ie. tax payers at large.)
(4) Cut drastically fraud and waste in medical programs. From Dr Craig's posts, he describes the many fraud and waste he sees in the medical system, and yet, he does nothing about these fraud and wastes other than complain in this message board. It will be necessary for the doctors to be forced to report the frausters, and wasters by entering these observations into a centralized expert computer system, for example.
(5) The Republican Party that hates labor must be vote out; otherwise, the Republicans will continue the promotion of mass outsourcing, and mass automation, without trying hard to create new domestic jobs to replace the millions of destroyed jobs.
(6) National projects must be created to replace the millions of domestic jobs outsourced, and automated away. Because microprocessors and computers have become dirt cheap to make, as they are made of silicon, which is sand, which can be called dirt, which is plentiful and dirt cheap, and because there are cheap labor worldwide, the private sector corporations found that they can easily eliminate domestic workers via automation, and outsourcing to increase profits for the rich, while at the same time it has become very difficult for the private sector to create domestic jobs.
nobeach, here's part of your answer.
Defense Spending 2000 - 2011.
During FY 2009, the GAO reported that the U.S. government incurred approximately $683 billion in expenses for the Department of Defense (DoD) and $54 billion for Homeland Security, a total of $737 billion. The GAO financial statements present data on an accrual basis, meaning as expenses are incurred rather than actual cash payments.
President Obama's 2010 budget proposal includes a total of $663.8 billion, including $533.8 billion for the DOD and $130 billion for overseas contingencies, primarily the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The proposed DoD base budget represents an increase of $20.5 billion over the $513.3 billion enacted for fiscal 2009. This is an increase of 4%, or 2.1% percent real growth after adjusting for inflation. The fiscal 2010 budget proposal brought the overseas contingency supplemental requests into the budget process, adding the $130 billion amount to the deficit.
The U.S. defense budget (excluding spending for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Homeland Security, and Veteran's Affairs) is around 4% of GDP. Adding these other costs places defense and homeland security spending between 5% and 6% of GDP.
The DoD baseline budget, excluding supplemental funding for the wars, has grown from $297 billion in FY2001 to a budgeted $534 billion for FY2010, an 81% increase. According to the CBO, defense spending grew 9% annually on average from fiscal year 2000-2009.
Debate about military spending
Democratic Congressman Barney Frank called for a significant reduction in the defense budget during February 2009: "The math is compelling: if we do not make reductions approximating 25 percent of the military budget starting fairly soon, it will be impossible to continue to fund an adequate level of domestic activity even with a repeal of Bush's tax cuts for the very wealthy. I am working with a variety of thoughtful analysts to show how we can make very substantial cuts in the military budget without in any way diminishing the security we need...[American] well-being is far more endangered by a proposal for substantial reductions in Medicare, Social Security or other important domestic areas than it would be by canceling weapons systems that have no justification from any threat we are likely to face."
U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates wrote in January 2009 that the U.S. should adjust its priorities and spending to address the changing nature of threats in the world: "What all these potential adversaries—from terrorist cells to rogue nations to rising powers—have in common is that they have learned that it is unwise to confront the United States directly on conventional military terms. The United States cannot take its current dominance for granted and needs to invest in the programs, platforms, and personnel that will ensure that dominance's persistence. But it is also important to keep some perspective. As much as the U.S. Navy has shrunk since the end of the Cold War, for example, in terms of tonnage, its battle fleet is still larger than the next 13 navies combined—and 11 of those 13 navies are U.S. allies or partners."
In 2009, the US Department of Defense's annual report to Congress on China's military strength offered several estimates of actual 2008 Chinese military spending. In terms of the prevailing exchange rate, Pentagon estimates range between US$105 and US$150 billion, the second highest in the world after the US.
Budgetary treatment of Iraq & Afghanistan war expenses
Much of the costs for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have not been funded through regular appropriations bills, but through emergency supplemental appropriations bills. As such, most of these expenses were not included in the budget deficit calculation prior to FY2010. Some budget experts argue that emergency supplemental appropriations bills do not receive the same level of legislative care as regular appropriations bills. In addition, emergency supplemental appropriations are not subject to the same budget enforcement mechanisms imposed on regular appropriations. Funding for the first stages of the Vietnam War was provided by supplemental appropriations, although President Johnson eventually acceded to Congressional demands to fund that war through the regular appropriations process.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that the President's FY2009 budget proposals would provide $188 billion in budget authority for FY2008. CBO estimates that appropriations for operations in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001 through February 2008 total $752 billion. That would be approximately 4% of federal spending over the period.
Budget authority is legal authority to obligate the federal government. For many war-related activities there may be a long lag between the time when budget authority is granted and when payments (outlays) are made by the U.S. Treasury. In particular, spending on reconstruction activities in Iraq and Afghanistan has lagged behind available budget authority. In other cases, the military uses contracts that are payable upon completion, which can create long lags between appropriations and outlays.
In principle, the Department of Defense (DoD) separates war funding from base funding. In most cases, however, funds for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan use the same accounts as other DoD accounts. This raises challenges to attempts to achieve a precise separation of expenditures on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan from the base defense operations.
Sentiment: Strong Buy