So Much For Budget Cuts

In case you were blaming the Tea Party’s budget cuts or something for the failure of the economy to grow, I bring a relevant fact to your attention. There are no cuts.

In fact, in the first nine months of this year, federal spending was $120 billion higher than in the same period in 2010, the data show. That’s an increase of almost 5%. And deficits during this time were $23.5 billion higher

Nor will there be until the elephant in the room, military spending, gets reduced to something approaching reasonable. Like, oh, 80% less. And yes, it is military spending. Not defense.

Today, there are more than 317,000 active-duty U.S. military personnel stationed or deployed overseas. In the Central Command theater of operations, encompassing Iraq and Afghanistan, there are approximately 180,000 active-component personnel as well as over 45,000 reservists. Approximately 150,000 active-component U.S. military personnel are officially assigned to Europe and Asia. And some estimates note that there are two civilians and supporting contractors for each service member in certain locations.

And then there is the hardware… but enough for one day.

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