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Posted By: AFUte
Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 05:19 pm

2017 US medical services costs are estimated at $3.5 TRILLION. So...let's scrap the military to pay for 17% of our health budget?

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-he althcare-spending/u-s-healthcare-spending- to-climb-5-3-percent-in-2018-agency-idUSKC N1FY2ZD

In 2013-2014 the US spent $634 billion on public elementary and secondary schools. That's 104% of the military budget you sourced.

https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp ?id=66

Total college expenditures are (on average) $37,990 per student with 16 million students enrolled in college or $607.8 billion, again, more than the defense budget.

https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp ?id=76
https://www.quora.com/How-many-college-st udents-are-there-in-the-United-States

And how do you propose we pay for all this once the population bell curve tips over?

As far our military spending relative to other countries...there are too many variables for this to be a worthwhile stat. How many countries don't spend as much on their military because they have large social welfare budget problems? How many don't spend money because they don't have the ability with their entire GDP to influence power outside their boarders, so they keep a minimal force for defense? How many spend what they do because of strong regional alliances? What about countries like Brazil, South Korea, India, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and China that have a PPP advantage over the US? What about the fact that outside of China (who severely under-reports its military spending), the largest GDP of any of those countries is Japan at $4.8 trillion vs the US at $19.4 trillion?

The total world GDP (in dollars) is 78.28 trillion, and the US is a quarter of that value. Of course we're going to spend more than other countries on just about everything!

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96GradAlum icon NEW: Don't let anyone ever tell you we can't afford universal healthcare or free college ...
96GradAlum - -- Wednesday 16 May 2018, at 10:07 am [ID# 1910261] [reply]
Red Don icon NEW: The largest Air Force in the world, the U.S. Air Force. (short)
Red Don - Top 25 Poster -- Wednesday 16 May 2018, at 12:16 pm [ID# 1910265] [reply]
Vegas Ute icon NEW: The US Marine Corp (by themselves) are a larger military force than the Armies of:
Vegas Ute - -- Wednesday 16 May 2018, at 01:24 pm [ID# 1910274] [reply]
pangloss icon NEW: Of course not
pangloss - -- Wednesday 16 May 2018, at 01:22 pm [ID# 1910273] [reply]
Maji Man icon NEW: By then we'll only need one plane, not even a pilot.
Maji Man - -- Wednesday 16 May 2018, at 02:40 pm [ID# 1910277] [reply]
o NEW: F-22 and F-35 are well below the trend line
AFUte - -- Wednesday 16 May 2018, at 04:48 pm [ID# 1910282] [reply]
Newbomb Turk icon NEW: The company I worked for did the Propellant Replacement Program for the Minuteman missiles. You are correct, FRP is much cheaper per copy than LRP. (nm)
Newbomb Turk - Top 25 Poster -- Wednesday 16 May 2018, at 05:16 pm [ID# 1910290] [reply]
pangloss icon NEW: The chart is from Augustine's Law's. I'm encouraged the forcast marginal unit costs are trending toward the program targets. I'm not sure, but I suspect the plot is average unit production cost (includes Dev). (nm)
pangloss - -- Thursday 17 May 2018, at 01:13 pm [ID# 1910364] [reply]
o NEW: I don't even know where to begin...
AFUte - -- Wednesday 16 May 2018, at 05:19 pm [ID# 1910293] [reply]
Rocker Ute icon NEW: Can you break that down into easy to read and easy to post on social media graphs so Bernie Sanders supporters can understand? Then can you forward it to their moms so they can post it for them? (nm)
Rocker Ute - -- Wednesday 16 May 2018, at 06:41 pm [ID# 1910315] [reply]
96GradAlum icon NEW: I'm going to temper my original response and just say this: while I get the sentiment ... that was a pretty douchie way to say it (nm)
96GradAlum - -- Thursday 17 May 2018, at 06:27 am [ID# 1910334] [reply]
Rocker Ute icon NEW: Are you perceiving this as an attack on you or something? I don't get why it is "douchey", it was a joke.
Rocker Ute - -- Thursday 17 May 2018, at 04:46 pm [ID# 1910378] [reply]
96GradAlum icon NEW: I'm going to try to respond Friday -- At the moment I have work and personal responsibilities that prevent me from doing a detail response worthy of your post. ... and I think it's important that we have this discussion in more detail (nm)
96GradAlum - -- Thursday 17 May 2018, at 06:30 am [ID# 1910335] [reply]
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