The new Republican administration has said, and reports indicate, the budget that will soon be released will dramatically expand military spending by 10%, that is, 54 billion dollars! Even worse, the New York Times writes about the lack of a plan to support that budget, “Trump’s Military Budget Without A Plan”.
This continues the ongoing imbalance, shown below, of over a third (37.5 %) of our tax dollars going to pay for current and past wars.
This comes in the face of increasing needs in the areas of social and environmental justice. The money for the military expansion will have to be provided by cutting funds elsewhere, i.e. in social safety net programs, and for Federal programs and employees.
What does this say about the current Republican administration’s plans for future military operations? What message does this send about foreign policy?
Does this represent your values?