It’s time for the nation to reinvest

America’s military spending is out of control. According to Mark Koba of NBC news, the U.S. spent $682 billion on military expenses in 2012. That figure was higher than the combined spending of China, Russia, the United Kingdom, Japan, France, Saudi Arabia, India, Germany, Italy and Brazil, which was $652 billion. As the U.S. winds down its conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, it ought to re-prioritize its discretionary spending away from the military, focusing on spending for social services that are in great need of funding.

Currently the United States spends 58 percent of every dollar on the military. At a time when education is being cut back, and health-care reform is just beginning to be put into a practice, the country needs to reinvest in itself by devoting less of its resources to the military and more to the programs that support its own people.

While wars that we wage in the Middle East may seem distant to those of us who haven’t served or known someone who has served, the cost of war can be felt in communities across the nation. That is why several city councils across the Twin Cities metro have passed MN ASAP’s resolution to redirect federal spending toward social programs that will invest in our citizens rather than nation building experiments.

Just because we may spend more than all other developed nations doesn’t mean we’re winning the wars abroad or the war to improve our people’s quality of life.

MinnPost welcomes original letters from readers on current topics of general interest. Interested in joining the conversation? Submit your letter to the editor.

The choice of letters for publication is at the discretion of MinnPost editors; they will not be able to respond to individual inquiries about letters.

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Steve Titterud on 03/11/2014 - 03:05 pm.

    We are the most war-like nation on earth; there is not even…

    …a close second.

    To keep this domination up, it will take a predominance in public spending in favor of the military.

    The industries which serve the military feast at this same trough. They have pockets full of Senators and Representatives, bought on the cheap. They are represented broadly and deeply in all the significant committees which contribute to the end result of this massive spending.

    Those same public officials in turn claim that the #1 responsibility of government is to protect its people from attack. But when our leaders’ delusions send soldiers to foreign lands to destroy those societies and in the process, kill many of their people, are these soldiers defending the United States ? Was the United States ever under attack by Iraq ?

    So really, what you are wishing for is a very different kind of country and a clear-headed foreign policy. These are tall orders.

    The current system is extremely top-heavy in its leaning toward the status quo and the maintenance of all those revenue streams going to the defense industries. Yet I share your sentiments.

Leave a Reply