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defense spending, Jim Rigby
August 7, 2012
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This chart is very deceptive in ti’s configuration…and frankly false.
Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP actually account for more of the budget than does defense and international security. Your category called “Militarism and War” is dripping of personal bias. Additionally social security is another slice equal to defense. Another category that is much larger than what you refer to as housing or education is benefits for federal retirees. I have no idea where you are coming up with your “Health” number because as I have shown above…healthcare spending is actually larger than defense.
This is what I hate about the extreme views on either side of the liberal vs. conservative debate…they both are willing to lie through their teeth to further their agendas.
You’re giving Mr Rigby far too much credit here. This is a blatant falsification of data no matter how you slice it.
“Three health insurance programs – Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – together accounted for 21 percent of the budget in 2011, or $769 billion.”
$769 billion versus the illustrated ~$80 billion. He is off by a factor of 10.
Shame on you, Rigby.
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