Death and Taxes Shows Fascinating, Terrible View on Military Tech Spending

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Death and Taxes 2009 is a detailed graphical account showing where your tax dollars will go next year in the most detailed and fascinating way: Everything is set to scale according to the amount of money spent on it, showing the amazing weight that military-related spending has in the total Federal budget. It's just mindblowing to see it all with one look. It's easy to get amazed with military technology and, like with Dubai's architecture and its slaves, I keep forgetting how much money really gots into developing hypersonic missiles, airborne lasers, invisible bombers, next generation fighters, body piercing tanks, torpedoes capable of splitting a huge ship in two, ever-vigilant drones, scary helmets, and other deadly gadgets. When you zoom in the interactive map, the numbers are just staggering. Click to view

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For sure, the military research and manufacturing that Darpa or companies like Boeing and Lockheed Martin do not only push the scientific and industrial envelope-with long term benefits for everyone-and some may argue that it provides with work and fuels the economy-although this is kind of a fallacy and a vicious circle-but seriously, is this the only way to achieve it? What about the rest of the stuff? Hopefully, this will all change. Someday. [Wall Stats via Dark Roasted Blend]

DISCUSSION

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MandaKhavon

Kudos to most for very well stated thoughts ... I am going to read through again, as it is quite late and I am very tired (make sure I really ingest all the angles.

The idea of what our political forebears could or could not envision seems pretty thin ice for a debate. There is no waypoint for any extension of their beliefs in relation our current circumstances. There is an America right in this moment to be effected and I honestly don't think it has anything to do with the standards of our inception. Those ideals have brought us to this place. And, from here, we must find our solutions.

That said,I will say that our checks and balances seem to be blown out of the water. It is strange, the government controls us more and itself less. Obviously, that can't work.

I didn't hear anyone bring up education, and it is something that has to be part of any discussion of this scale. If we are going to talk about what people can do for themselves, we have to look at our school system.

I appreciated the reminder that our military budget allows other countries to spend less on theirs. I do believe that some of those instances were or are not welcome, but you can't ignore sides of the truth. I am in totaly opposition to our current war and many other foreign policy positions. As well, the understanding that the military has provided our society with a good deal of structural technology is a good thing......

Ok, I'm done ... gotta sleep ... keep it up ...