Government must cut military spending

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With the United States in almost $17 trillion of debt, many people are looking at what is to blame. The most obvious choice is the U.S military, whose budget includes $526.6 billion for the Department of Defense base budget, but does not include war costs or nuclear weapon activities. With this huge amount of spending every year, the U.S military is consuming just under 50 percent of the global military spending.

The majority of Americans are proposing cuts to the military budget. They see the U.S. military off in over 130 countries fighting wars which may not be necessary. With almost all of the military overseas, spending this money for military bases does not seem as important as the other issues. The argument against cutting the military budget is even if military spending is cut, it will not make a significant impact on the huge debt problem. Although the debt problem will not go away, the money can still go elsewhere and help other issues. The best option for the U.S. is to slowly cut back on military spending and to shift the money to other categories like medicare or social security.

The U.S. currently spends 41 percent of the total world military spending. According to globalissues.org, the next 10 countries combined spend 21.3 percent.

The 41 percent can decrease without causing many new problems, and the money saved can be put to new uses instead of just cutting the debt. There has been a lot of money wasted from year to year in the military and plenty of money is used to station a soldier overseas. According to Business Insider, the amount of money labeled “wasted” in 2007 could have payed for approximately 220,000 teacher salaries, and the yearly cost of stationing a soldier overseas can feed 60 American families.

Even if the U.S. was not it debt, the country still could not afford to be the global police. The U.S. is not the richest country in the world and should not be spending the most. A solution must be made.

According to Business Insider, “The answer is a gradual shift. Take some of the vast amount of money we’re currently spending on our military and gradually invest it in shoring up our domestic infrastructure.”

This choice benefits the U.S. the most because it will not cause problems with a rapid decrease in military spending. Money should be cut from rounding up sheep-herders in Afghanistan and be focused on problems inside the country like education, welfare and safety. The remaining military focus should be directed real threat of the future which is Russia and China.

Currently, President Obama is proposing discretionary spending cuts for 2014 and 57 percent of it is military. This is the start of the solution, but many more years of cuts should be in place to further fix this problem.