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November 2010 Newsletter

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Last year, the world spent $1.53 trillion dollars on the military. That is an almost inconceivable number. To put this number in perspective, the World Food Summit estimates that $30 billion a year could eradicate world hunger. That’s what the world spends on the military in a single week. We can’t afford this price tag. We have too many other priorities that require our money: poverty, climate change, job creation. It’s time for people all over the world to come together and say no to the generals and the military contractors.

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Fact Sheet: Military Spending vs. Millennium Development Goals

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The following graphs demonstrate the extent to which military spending eclipses all other global priorities. The estimated cost of compliance with all eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals are eclipsed by yearly military spending figures.The following graphs demonstrate the extent to which military spending eclipses all other global priorities. The estimated cost of compliance with all eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals are eclipsed by yearly military spending figures.The following graphs demonstrate the extent to which military spending eclipses all other global priorities. The estimated cost of compliance with all eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals are eclipsed by yearly military spending figures.The following graphs demonstrate the extent to which military spending eclipses all other global priorities. The estimated cost of compliance with all eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals are eclipsed by yearly military spending figures.The following graphs demonstrate the extent to which military spending eclipses all other global priorities. The estimated cost of compliance with all eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals are eclipsed by yearly military spending figures.The following graphs demonstrate the extent to which military spending eclipses all other global priorities. The estimated cost of compliance with all eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals are eclipsed by yearly military spending figures.The following graphs demonstrate the extent to which military spending eclipses all other global priorities. The estimated cost of compliance with all eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals are eclipsed by yearly military spending figures.

Defense Trims: Why Not?

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Bowles and Simpson properly classify defense spending as discretionary, meaning we are able to make choices. This should be axiomatic. But it has been Republican Party orthodoxy to inveigh against “big government” and its out-of-control spending while blithely ignoring the nearly $700 billion we’re lavishing annually on the Pentagon, as if every penny were somehow preordained and inviolate.Bowles and Simpson properly classify defense spending as discretionary, meaning we are able to make choices. This should be axiomatic. But it has been Republican Party orthodoxy to inveigh against “big government” and its out-of-control spending while blithely ignoring the nearly $700 billion we’re lavishing annually on the Pentagon, as if every penny were somehow preordained and inviolate.Bowles and Simpson properly classify defense spending as discretionary, meaning we are able to make choices. This should be axiomatic. But it has been Republican Party orthodoxy to inveigh against “big government” and its out-of-control spending while blithely ignoring the nearly $700 billion we’re lavishing annually on the Pentagon, as if every penny were somehow preordained and inviolate.Bowles and Simpson properly classify defense spending as discretionary, meaning we are able to make choices. This should be axiomatic. But it has been Republican Party orthodoxy to inveigh against “big government” and its out-of-control spending while blithely ignoring the nearly $700 billion we’re lavishing annually on the Pentagon, as if every penny were somehow preordained and inviolate.Bowles and Simpson properly classify defense spending as discretionary, meaning we are able to make choices. This should be axiomatic. But it has been Republican Party orthodoxy to inveigh against “big government” and its out-of-control spending while blithely ignoring the nearly $700 billion we’re lavishing annually on the Pentagon, as if every penny were somehow preordained and inviolate.Bowles and Simpson properly classify defense spending as discretionary, meaning we are able to make choices. This should be axiomatic. But it has been Republican Party orthodoxy to inveigh against “big government” and its out-of-control spending while blithely ignoring the nearly $700 billion we’re lavishing annually on the Pentagon, as if every penny were somehow preordained and inviolate.Bowles and Simpson properly classify defense spending as discretionary, meaning we are able to make choices. This should be axiomatic. But it has been Republican Party orthodoxy to inveigh against “big government” and its out-of-control spending while blithely ignoring the nearly $700 billion we’re lavishing annually on the Pentagon, as if every penny were somehow preordained and inviolate.

Video: What Is $1.6 Trillion Worth?

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At the expense of pressing global priorities in health, hunger, and education, the world spent about $1.6 trillion on the military in 2010. In order to appreciate just how big that number is, we added up what it would cost to address several other global problems — and didn’t even come close.At the expense of pressing global priorities in health, hunger, and education, the world spent about $1.6 trillion on the military in 2010. In order to appreciate just how big that number is, we added up what it would cost to address several other global problems — and didn’t even come close.At the expense of pressing global priorities in health, hunger, and education, the world spent about $1.6 trillion on the military in 2010. In order to appreciate just how big that number is, we added up what it would cost to address several other global problems — and didn’t even come close.At the expense of pressing global priorities in health, hunger, and education, the world spent about $1.6 trillion on the military in 2010. In order to appreciate just how big that number is, we added up what it would cost to address several other global problems — and didn’t even come close.At the expense of pressing global priorities in health, hunger, and education, the world spent about $1.6 trillion on the military in 2010. In order to appreciate just how big that number is, we added up what it would cost to address several other global problems — and didn’t even come close.At the expense of pressing global priorities in health, hunger, and education, the world spent about $1.6 trillion on the military in 2010. In order to appreciate just how big that number is, we added up what it would cost to address several other global problems — and didn’t even come close.At the expense of pressing global priorities in health, hunger, and education, the world spent about $1.6 trillion on the military in 2010. In order to appreciate just how big that number is, we added up what it would cost to address several other global problems — and didn’t even come close.