Defense Budget

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children." 

-Eisenhower, 1953

I believe our federal expenditures should reflect a commitment to easing the despair felt by so many. I believe in a budget that prioritizes domestic construction over foreign destruction. 

In 2020, the US defense budget was larger than 11 countries’ defense budgets combined. It’s also the largest item of our entire budget.

Before The House voted to authorize the 2022 defense budget in late September 2021, an amendment was proposed which would have reduced non-personnel military expenditures by

10% ($77 billion) - cuts that would not have affected service members’ or their families’ support needs.

This amendment was motivated by the Pentagon’s history of fiduciary frivolity: military contractors are regularly fined for fraud and the Pentagon is the only federal department to have never passed a compulsory audit. This wasteful spending is accompanied by the conclusion of a $21 trillion

($300 million daily), 20-year war.

At a time during which 30 million Americans are uninsured; a time during which 44 million Americans have health insurance too expensive to use; a time during which Americans are rationing prescription or avoiding care due to costs; and, a time during which the climate crisis threatens mass migration and devastation, I believe our federal expenditures should reflect a commitment to easing the despair felt by so many.

 

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