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Military numbers from government agencies tend to ignore collateral expenses such as veteran's benefits and veteran's health costs.

I would also add in the high costs of our policing functions. This is a quasi-military expense as well and does nothing for direct social programs. Prison population in the US is highest in absolute numbers as well as a percentage of the population.

Here's a link to some statistics:

Policies not Politics
---- Daily Landscape

by rdf (robert.feinman@gmail.com) on Wed Oct 12th, 2005 at 12:37:21 PM EST
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