Cut Defense Spending

The U.S. has 440 military bases inside the country and 800 bases overseas with personnel in 80 Nations.

In 2019, the United States made up 4.3 percent of the world’s population, yet we were responsible for 35.6 percent of the publicized, global military expenditures. In fact, our nearly $705 billion defense budget is more than that of China, Saudi Arabia, India, France, Russia, the UK, Germany and Japan–combined!

Every American owes a debt of gratitude to the men and women who have served in our armed forces. As with anything, times change, and as a nation, we must realize that we spend more money on defense than we can afford. This opinion has nothing to do with questioning the men and women who have served in the military; it has everything to do with the recognition that we have a $23 trillion debt, and to solve it, we need to put every expense on the table, including how much money we spend in the Department of Defense.

The Solutions

  1. Maintain a single Department of Defense budget.

  2. Review the Air Force budget, and cut the number of planes we have.

  3. Reduce the size of our nuclear arsenal.

  4. Withdraw ALL of our ground troops from Afghanistan and Iraq within two years.

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