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.

  • War should not be the driving force for peace!

    How can a so-called Christian nation ignore the words of Jesus! He ostensibly denounced using Physical force to achieve the objective of Peace! He declared emphatically that “ Those ( America the Great) who would live by the Sword (Military Might) Must Die by the Sword! How can you juxtaposition that Philosophy with this trend of spending!

  • Poor allocation of resources

    It is sad we spend so much on the military and so little helping citizens in U. S. Territories and so little on space exploration. Who knows what wonderful things could have been achieved on both the humankind and exploration fronts had even a fraction of the military spending been instead allocated to other efforts.

  • We Should Be Funding Things That Improve and Save Lives, Not Destroy Them.

    A military is necessary, I agree, But we spend so much money on it, That could go to other projects that help people. For example, Stem cell research, Science has made so many strides in curing and saving lives with this, Yet we barely fund it, If at all. Alternative energy and fuel sources, Because oil is not clean and it is depleting, We need to focus on something clean and renewable. We can delve into more research on cannabis, A scientifically proven herb that's renewable that has shown to save and improve lives.

  • It would lower taxes tremendously

    And besides we should stop trying to police the world. Im a strong believer that America should be isolationist. Our military should be defensive in nature and we should only go to war if attacked or if a country plane to attack us. I also believe that we should only go to war if the congress declares war.

  • It's not that we don't need defense, We just need LESS

    The U. S. Surpasses the following seven countries COMBINED in military size and in spending (in terms of military size and budget), Most of whom are already allied with us. It's just unnecessary that we feel the need to surpass the entire world with our military size. And why? We do not need to be moving toward a hegemonic nation. Why not focus on the problems within the country first or use that money to build new schools, Roads, Or hospitals? Or, Better yet, Try getting students who can't pay for college into schooling by lowering tuition while still getting money to the schools themselves. Spending less money on the military could help solve this and make us, As a nation, More intellectual and more knowledgeable; therefore, Creating a smarter society as a whole and progressing the economy with new innovations that could further help the state.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • A Odd Conundrum

    People want all these things done when you cut military spending. Now I am not saying we cut nor increase it all I am saying is if we spend the most still how is China still able to hack us. Also you realize we spend more on health care than the next nine countries combined, but it still sucks. Further adding our investment in national security compared with the rest of the world has dropped dramatically over the last four years. National security accounts for only 10 percent of total public spending and total national security spending has fallen from a high of 4.7 percent in 2010 and to an estimated 3.3 percent in 2015. Noting also with free college or paying teachers what they deserve etc. I'm all for that and it all sounds great on paper, but yet you must understand if you cut military spending to fund other things it will cost in increased taxes. Then people will complain they do not meet the standard towards socioeconomic structure then minimum wages increase, prices inflate because companies want to make a profit then you have yourself a crash in the stock market an another great depression. Now I'm no genius, but that sounds bad. I find the situation an odd conundrum, this topic, but I feel you just got to take it on the chin and deal with it and discover something anew for things such as education.

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