To actually put this into some sort of context: US Defense budget is $440bn (plus about another $300bn in supplementals to pay for the war in Iraq, ops in Afghanistan, Homeland Security etc.- give or take). That is 47% of the world's military spending and a full 50% of US discretionary spending. The US Dept of Education has asked for 1/8 of that amount ($54bn) The State Department has about $10bn to play with Or, to put it another way- according to the World Bank: â¢ $19 billion is the annual shortfall to eliminate starvation and malnutrition globally. â¢ $12 billion is the annual shortfall to provide education for every kid on earth. â¢ $15 billion is the annual shortfall to provide access to water and sanitation. â¢ $23 billion is the annual shortfall to reverse the spread of AIDS and Malaria. Methinks Shoomaker needs to get a grip- and learn how to spell his name properly.