Defense budget, at a new high in real terms, analyzed

Defense budget, at a new high in real terms, analyzed

The 2020 budget for the Department of Defense authorizes spending higher, adjusted for inflation, than during the Vietnam War and twice that of the average budget during the Cold War. The increases in the past few years offset a 15% decline in defense spending during the Obama administration. Posted articles assess it from different viewpoints.

I have no idea
I have no idea 2 months

Not surprised honestly. We need to maintain a large and formidable military force for all the foreign interventions.

A Forgiven Sage
A Forgiven Sage 2 months

These are my biggest problems with Trump specifically and Republicans in general. They use conservative/libertarian arguments (e.g. cutting spending, employing a non-interventionist foreign policy agenda) in order to get elected. Then, they do exactly the opposite of what they say their gonna do and spend money we don't have on these interventionist wars. At least Trump was a little more forthcoming about how he doesn't really care about budget spending, unlike W. Bush, who pretended to care about spending initially, but ended with the largest deficit in US history (until Obama and spent us into an oblivion).

Seekster 2 months

I have a bad feeling that this won't be the last time we see an increase, especially with China building up its Navy.

I Am Grug
I Am Grug 2 months

Grug say abandon most of Europe and the Middle East and the budget would drop by the hundreds of millions of berries.

npc8472 2 months

With everything going on with China Russia Iran and nk I'm glad to hear this.

bobby_5150 2 months

And yet the military budget is still dwarfed by health and social services budgets.

America the Brave
America the Brave 2 months

The only thing written into the Constitution as far as Government spending is maintaining a military. Everything else is unconstitutional. Not for debate.

Daniel 2 months

pathetic country, homeless and opioid crisis, yet more for the miltary.....the miltary industrial complex

Nika 2 months

At least Trump doesn't give lip service to being a fiscal conservative when expanding government (as all US administrations have done in the past half century plus). I'm a true believer in limited government because a government as big as ours is an enormous threat to our individual liberty and they have proven this. But unfortunately fiscal conservatism and the ideas of a limited government are dead.

Dr.PhilNGood 2 months

I dont understand why we need so much for our military, I thought we wanted the men to come home?

David 2 months

How much of it will be repurposed to fund Trump's folly - that stupid "Berlin" wall?

CoLpOeSnED 2 months

.....but remind me again how we can't afford to invest in Americans?

Young Conservative
Young Conservative 2 months

God I wish Rand Paul was president, fiscal conservatism is dead. Trump is pumping unnecessary money into an already powerful army, whose military budget is larger than the next 7 combined! and approving $1.4 trillion dollar spending increases. The US hasn't run a surplus in God knows how long, and now you're adding a trillion to it.

Mary 2 months

of course 2020 budget for DOD is higher, because the military's construction budget was stolen to build the wall! Criminal.

Fin 2 months

Good point Mary... N it could be the contracts to supply our military r gouging as usual

Barry 2 months

recruitment is down however 🤔

Fin 2 months

Daniel u r not a USA citizen r u... Just another troll playing in the mix.. When the rest of the world proves it is serious about not killing its own citizens only then will I ever see it maybe u r way.. Freedom costs.. Tisnt free at all

Edward Williams
Edward Williams 2 months

Si vis pacem, para bellum.

michael 2 months


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