Grenade or Aid? [infographic]

June 1, 2011 |  by  |  Government
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With current U.S. military involvement around the world, it is safe to assume that military spending encompasses a large portion of the U.S. budget. But how did it stack up against more positive foreign aid spending in 2010? According to today’s infographic, military spending equaled 20% of the budget while foreign aid accounted for a slim 0.6%.

The numbers aren’t that surprising, but the “average” American misconception of the numbers is fascinating. When asked by a Gallup poll, Americans grossly overestimated the amount spent on foreign aid, even favoring cuts to aid over cuts to the more robust military output. [Via]

infographic showing US military and foreign aid spending

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  • Killerdekat

    Percentages? How about the same infographic with real dollar values, that might tell a different story altogether. You show percentages of GNP, but every nations GNP is not equal. A country with a small GNP might be very generous, and a country with a large GNP might be very stingy, that couldn’t;t be reflected in this infographic. Don’t get me wrong, i like this one, but it could stand to convey a little more info in it’s graphic.

  • Killerdekat

    Percentages? How about the same infographic with real dollar values, that might tell a different story altogether. You show percentages of GNP, but every nations GNP is not equal. A country with a small GNP might be very generous, and a country with a large GNP might be very stingy, that couldn’t;t be reflected in this infographic. Don’t get me wrong, i like this one, but it could stand to convey a little more info in it’s graphic.