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Is the United States military the largest government stimulus program on the planet?

How many active service members serve in the four branches? How many civilians are directly employed by the four branches? How many cities and towns are utterly dependent upon the presence of a military base? How many private sector jobs are completely dependent upon military-government contracts, i.e., Lockheed-Martin, General Dynamics, Blackwater, etc? Not saying we should abolish the military, just pointing the hypocrisy of those who otherwise complain about wasted government stimulus.

Asked By: A World Without US - 11/15/2010
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Yes. It's called Military Keynesianism. Google it.
Answered By: Brig. Gen. Sir H. Flashman - 11/15/2010
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42 The Military is a legitimate function of the Federal Government - it is clearly authorized in the Constitution - it is in fact one of the few things that the federal government does that is a legitimate enumerated power that they are not only allowed to do but obligated to do.
Answered By: samantha - 11/15/2010
 
... Looks that way. Good point. Thing is, no sane person wants to abolish our military.
Answered By: Disher5 - 11/15/2010
 
No it isn't ! You are comparing apples to oranges
Answered By: eugene jeep - 11/15/2010
 
The protection of its people is the "governments" primary reason for being. Bailing out entities and other assorted organizations with taxpayers money is not what was intended when taxing its people.
Answered By: Mark Bailey - 11/15/2010
 
We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of... More
Answered By: Numbers Quest - 11/15/2010
 
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