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A Great Day by poasterchild A Great Day by poasterchild
Please disseminate widely, thank you! This does not give permission to alter or claim credit for this re-mixed work, for which I retain all copyrights. The original illustration is in the public domain.

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The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) reports that in 2012 the United States spent $711 billion on defense, or, 41% of the world's total defense expenditures. That's roughly five times the amount spent by China, and ten times the amount spent by Russia.

America has more than 700 overseas military bases (the Pentagon cannot provide an exact number); the Russians have 11, 10 of which are located in former Soviet republics; the Chinese, zero.
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DeviantART789789 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
It will be a great day when both have the money they need. There are ways we can expand our military power without spending BILLIONS of money, such as extending the service life of older weapons, like Reagan did, or investing in programs that are already underway, like building more of simpler but still excellent Fighter Aircraft instead of investing BILLIONS in high-tech Fighters.
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poasterchild Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Expanding our military power, as you put it, is the problem.
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Undertook Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Actually, American schools aren't funded on the federal level, as the military is. Schools are funded primarily by states, counties, and cities. Collectively, these entities spend several hundred billion dollars per school year (In the 2004-2005 year, for instance, the US spent an estimated $536 billion on K-12 education, as seen here: [link]).
Another thing is that school funding often relies on local tax levies that have to be passed by referendum.
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poasterchild Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I know this. Don't be a pedant.
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lichtie Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
All round the World
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majicfrog Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
And then, when the airforce holds an overseas bakesale, everyone will bond over cake and there will be no need for bombers.

Heh. If only.
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poasterchild Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
ummmmmmmmm, delicious :cake:
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MsDeGraeve Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
still my all time favourite saying and very true.
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xDx Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
I agree with this whole-heartedly. My one concern is this: do you think anyone in the Air Force can bake worth a damn?
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poasterchild Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Apparently, someone can. See: [link] ;)
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