Sunday, July 31, 2011
August 5th, 2011
04:16 PM ET

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. astro24102

    They should all resign in disgrace and I am sure they will grab jobs at our universities....

    August 6, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  2. astro24102

    Cnn is so badly leaning liberal.....almost impossible to post comments to the liberal media outlet.

    August 6, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • jean2009

      @astro -Unfortunately t looks like you managed to do it what was so hard?

      August 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
      • joe

        CNN will cut your comments unlike those at Fox

        August 8, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  3. Dale

    Across-the-board spending cuts of discretionary spending, including the military budget, is the key.

    August 7, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  4. Jay in NC

    discretionary spending only makes up 19 % of the budget. Military is 20%. You would also have to cut Social Security, Medicad, Medicare to make a dent.

    August 7, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
    • jean2009

      @ Jay I see you are here again with your false and phony information:
      2012 Budget:
      Total Budget: $3.68 trillion
      Mandatory: $2.44 trillion
      Discretionary: $1.24 trillion
      Interest on Debt $242 billion

      In the pie chart given for the 2012 budget military spending makes up 59% of the Federal Budget...of that 57% is discretionary military spending.

      "In other words, Congress directly sets the level of spending on programs which are discretionary. Congress can choose to increase or decrease spending on any of those programs in a given year.

      The discretionary budget is about one-third of total federal spending. The chart below indicates how discretionary spending was divided up in fiscal year 2012.

      57 percent of the discretionary budget in FY 2012 is "national defense," a government-defined function area that roughly corresponds in common parlance as "military." However, this category does not include foreign military financing, security assistance, and other programs commonly thought of as military. Other types of discretionary spending include the budget for education, many health programs, and housing assistance"

      Military spending is sucking the life out of our country.

      When you say 20% you are looking at a deceptive chart.

      To see a real pie chart go to:

      FOR BUDGET YEAR 2009

      Current Military
      $965 billion:
      • Military Personnel $129 billion
      • Operation & Maint. $241 billion
      • Procurement $143 billion
      • Research & Dev. $79 billion
      • Construction $15 billion
      • Family Housing $3 billion
      • DoD misc. $4 billion
      • Retired Pay $70 billion
      • DoE nuclear weapons $17 billion
      • NASA (50%) $9 billion
      • International Security $9 billion
      • Homeland Secur. (military) $35 billion
      • State Dept. (partial) $6 billion
      • other military (non-DoD) $5 billion
      • “Global War on Terror” $200 billion [We added $162 billion to the last item to supplement the Budget’s grossly underestimated $38 billion in “allowances” to be spent in 2009 for the “War on Terror,” which includes the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan]

      Past Military,
      $484 billion:
      • Veterans’ Benefits $94 billion
      • Interest on national debt (80%) created by military spending, $390 billion

      Human Resources
      $789 billion:
      • Health/Human Services
      • Soc. Sec. Administration
      • Education Dept.
      • Food/Nutrition programs
      • Housing & Urban Dev.
      • Labor Dept.
      • other human resources.

      General Government
      $304 billion:
      • Interest on debt (20%)
      • Treasury
      • Government personnel
      • Justice Dept.
      • State Dept.
      • Homeland Security (15%)
      • International Affairs
      • NASA (50%)
      • Judicial
      • Legislative
      • other general govt.

      Physical Resources
      $117 billion:
      • Agriculture
      • Interior
      • Transportation
      • Homeland Security (15%)
      • HUD
      • Commerce
      • Energy (non-military)
      • Environmental Protection
      • Nat. Science Fdtn.
      • Army Corps Engineers
      • Fed. Comm. Commission
      • other physical resources

      For 2009 the military sucked up 54% of every dollar we spent.

      2009 Total Outlays (Federal Funds): $2,650 billion
      MILITARY: 54% and $1,449 billion
      NON-MILITARY: 46% and $1,210 billion

      "These figures are from an analysis of detailed tables in the “Analytical Perspectives” book of the Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2009. The figures are federal funds, which do not include trust funds — such as Social Security — that are raised and spent separately from income taxes. What you pay (or don’t pay) by April 15, 2008, goes to the federal funds portion of the budget. The government practice of combining trust and federal funds began during the Vietnam War, thus making the human needs portion of the budget seem larger and the military portion smaller. "

      August 8, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
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    October 12, 2011 at 4:55 am |