Last year, the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, we, the United States, spent one trillion, one hundred billion dollars on the military.
Actually it was more, $1,100,446,000,000. The $446 million was just too long to spell out.
My source is American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). Their analysis of the US budget can be found on the website oneminuteforpeace.org.
AFSC had developed an amazing graphic, a yardlong strip of paper dividing up the president's 2012 discretionary budget, the parts that must be voted on each year. Sixty percent of the budget is allocated to the military. Last year it was 58 percent.
Sixty percent. The strip of paper has six folds. You keep opening it and all you see is red for the first three and a half folds. Everything else is squished onto the end of the strip -- health and human services; education; aid to states; housing and urban development; justice; agriculture; NASA; energy; labor; treasury; interior; and more.
Roberta, the sister I live with, looked at the strip and said, "Interior. Is that where the parks are? One percent!"