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Should America spend less money on its military?

Asked by: Britboy803
  • Our military budget is bloated to the point of absurdity.

    We spend over half of our national budget on the military- more than the next nine top spending nations COMBINED. It's grotesque.
    Other developed nations have proper healthcare, excellent education, better standard of living...We spend billions on experimental fighter jets that never even see a test flight. But screw programs like Head Start and paying teachers what they're worth.

  • Why keep it so high?

    I really can't see any reason that America's military needs a 400% bigger budget for their army than China (the second highest budget in the world). I think they should concentrate on funding other more important things like maybe public healthcare and proper education, maybe even free university or paying of the debt.

  • Spend A little Less

    Our infrastructure is crumbling. People are drinking lead contaminated water. We can spend more money on Education and our roads, and our people themselves. Lets spend that money guaranteeing more jobs, and guaranteeing more American security at home. Our wars can be waged with techonology and less with people. Lets make America Smart Again. We have the funds to help out everyone, lets redispurse them a bit. How about 50 billion less on millitray and 50 billion more on all other governemntal programs at home.

  • We have no need for a large military

    The war that we're involved in and were involved in haven't benefited anyone or anything. What did we gain from Afghanistan and Iraq? Nothing. That money was spent and wasted.
    We should be focusing on our own people instead.
    If we want to maintain our image we could instead send Humanitarian Aid.

  • A yuuuge financial waste

    The current american military is currently over funded representing third world war levels. This funding could go into useful services such as universal healthcare or modernizing infrastructure instead of wasting valuable tax revenues into useless escapades in the middle east. Maybe the maga morons can use their brains and figure this out

  • A yuuuge financial waste

    The current american military is currently over funded representing third world war levels. This funding could go into useful services such as universal healthcare or modernizing infrastructure instead of wasting valuable tax revenues into useless escapades in the middle east. Maybe the maga morons can use their brains and figure this out

  • A yuuuge financial waste

    The current american military is currently over funded representing third world war levels. This funding could go into useful services such as universal healthcare or modernizing infrastructure instead of wasting valuable tax revenues into useless escapades in the middle east. Maybe the maga morons can use their brains and figure this out

  • Excess Military Spending Harms American Security

    The only reason America wasted seven trillion dollars in useless wars in the Middle East to accomplish nothing but increasing instability in that region was because it had the military might necessary to carry it into such foolish misadventures. Lacking that seven trillion dollars to make life more secure domestically and increasing the instability of the Middle East both worsen American security.

    Prior to Obamacare, it was estimated that by not having a public healthcare system, there were 60,000 more deaths per year in the U.S. than necessary. Even with Obamacare, the imperfections in the healthcare system still cause 20,000 excess deaths per year. Since nothing makes Americans more insecure than these unnecessarily high death rates, the lack of public money to fund healthcare which results from excess military spending makes us less secure.

    If there were more money available for domestic spending as a result of lower military expenditures we could also improve the everyday security of Americans in terms of their access to higher education, to housing, to welfare, and to other benefits which are taken for granted in Europe. A billion spent on new hospitals in Kansas makes a real difference to real people in America, but how do we even know in America whether we have successfully spent a billion dollars to effect regime change in Libya, which has become a nest for terrorists because we removed its dictator?

    And why are we afraid to attack North Korea? Because it may have one or two deliverable nuclear weapons, which would make it more expensive than it's worth to attack them. But if North Korea can stand down the greatest military power on earth with just a few nuclear weapons, what are we defending ourselves against by expanding our military? The reason why no major wars have happened since the major nations of the world got nuclear weapons is that regardless of the size of the military, it is simply too expensive to everyone to engage in large-scale war anymore. The only wars that can still be 'profitable' are small scale, neo-colonialist, imperialist adventures, which are utterly unnecessary now that the U.S. domestic oil and natural gas production have reached adequate levels so we are no longer dependent on foreign sources.

    The only reason for excess military spending today is that it constitutes the best method to feed money directly from the taxpayer to the military-industrial complex.

  • We DON'T need to spend that much money on military

    Looking at the amount of money the U.S. spends on its military anyone in their right mind would deem it as absurd. Politicians on all parties are always complaining about the terrible infrastructure in our country. This can easily be solved if money is taken out of the military for uses in other fields in our country. To counter the argument that North Korea and terrorism are the reasons why we need to spend so much on military, let's take into account of all the other nations that are threatened by this as well. Technically speaking, anyone in the NATO agreement must go to war if one of the members in the treaty are attacked. This being said, many other countries are also threatened by North Korea and terrorism. However, these other countries in NATO are not spending more than half their tax money for their military. In essence, the U.S. needs to cut back on its military budget. Also, if we take into account the most successful countries based on their economic stability, foreign relations, and domestic spending, many of these countries do NOT have a powerful military. On top of this, if these peaceful yet economically stable countries were to be attacked, their current military would give them enough time to build up a powerful military to fight back its opponents. Yes, there are threats of nuclear weapons and having a powerful military could counter that threat, however, any nation is sensible in that launching a nuclear weapon would most likely destroy the world.

  • Military isn't the only thing we need on this plant

    People have been recently asked and most people said yes. The question is Does the military spend too much money on military. Yes, because people get hurt. And does the military give you a bandage? OHH Hell NO. All the military needs to do is protect us. The asses from North Korea think they can beat the POOP out of me

  • We need to keep our military because there are terrorist and north Korea that we have to worry about.

    We have multiple enemy's and the only way that we can stay on tho of them is by building a better military for at home and around the word. The smart choice would be to keep up the growth of our military and keep up on the advancement of technology.

  • We are using it for protecting out soldiers and paying them

    We pay them and train them which is expensive, and if we didn't give them such good weapons, I wouldn't have a father. So excuse me if I want a dad. Call me selfish all ya damn want but I need my dad. So we need to spend this much.

  • We are using it for protecting out soldiers and paying them

    We pay them and train them which is expensive, and if we didn't give them such good weapons, I wouldn't have a father. So excuse me if I want a dad. Call me selfish all ya damn want but I need my dad. So we need to spend this much.

  • Why don't we keep what we worked for?

    You are basically saying "let's have ill equipped troops and ruin this great nation"! If that sounds good to you then you're either stupid or a democrat. We need more, not less! Lets develop the F-35, lets come up with replacements for our bombers, come up with alternatives to the LGM-30, not the exact opposite

  • What Would Defend Us

    If we didn't spend as much as we do on our military it wouldn't make us a world super power. If we quit spending money on our military it would make us to easy to take over, no one would be afraid of us anymore. To be able to defend and protect our citizens and other countries citizens, is great for us because then we don't seem weak and to strong because we have other countries just as or little worst than our military.

  • Nope we need the money

    We are america we need a strong military because are the strongest ans will remain the strongest and ever since the american revolution we have continued to grow i i i i i ii ii i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i

  • Nope I think not

    Because if we spend less on our country, then we would no longer feel safe! We are the land of the free because of the brave. If we cut their funding, we endanger our freedoms! No one would feel safe enough to go outside if we spend less on our country.

  • No, America should not spend less on its military.

    The military is one of the most important departments in our country. The department of defense is our safety net in the event that we are under attack. This is why we cannot reduce funding to the military. We need to focus on providing the right amount of money to our military to keep us safe.

  • No way in hell

    How can someone say we need to spend less money on the military and focus on more "important things". What is more important than providing the safety of our country. It is a slap in the face to say that we should spend less money on the military to all the men and women who gave there lives for the freedom of this country.

  • We need to keep up are defenses. Just because we haven't been attacked yet is no excuse to spend less money.

    The military must be kept as strong as possible. Are soldiers fight to keep us here and there should less money spent on the military that is just ignorant. Ask a solider who has fought in Iraq. He would agree with me. Also spending less money would weaken our defenses. Look what happened at pearl harbor no one expected it to be attacked and that is what happened. Don't use the excuse well what is the chances that what happen today watch the news you'll see chaos. Also the military is the tool that keeps the country alive and should be invested the most money. So someone who would agree with spending less money to the military is basically like removing there front door and allowing a criminal to walk into their house.


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