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.
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