Originally Posted by Fedaykin
What are we doing today that requires the massive increase in defense spending over the last decade (not even including direct war spending)?
In 2000, we were spending $300bn/year on DoD. Today we are spending over $600bn/year (+$100bn in war spending for a total over over $700bn).
Inflation adjusted, the 2000 budget would be about $386bn/year, making the real spending increase:
55% excluding war spending and
81% including war spending.
What have we bought for 155%/181% of what we were spending in 2000?
That, btw, doesn't even include the VA and other indirect costs that have mounted because of the wars. We're talking $500bn++ in extra spending/yr on defense since 2000, or, you know, half the current deficit.
What is it buying us Cutt?
He already answered this.
It's buying us the constitutionally endowed power of protecting us from an attack by the entire world.
It's Congress' first responsibility, you know.