Mil­i­tary over­spend­ing

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

In last Sun­day’s Demo­crat-Gazette un­der the head­ing “How Arkansas’ Con­gres­sional Del­e­ga­tion Voted,” it was re­ported that the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives passed a bill that would fund the mil­i­tary for 2018 to the tune of $696 bil­lion. It was noted in the re­port that

$64.6 bil­lion was al­lo­cated for “war-fight­ing in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria and other the­aters.”

The U.S. mil­i­tary bud­get is the largest by far of any coun­try in the world. In fact, ours is larger than the next seven coun­tries com­bined. We have over 800 mil­i­tary bases scat­tered around the world. Pres­i­dent Eisen­hower warned us about the mil­i­tary-in­dus­trial com­plex when he left of­fice. Well, it’s here in spades.

How much of our wealth have we poured down that rat-hole known as the Mid­dle East? It’s well into the tril­lions, I’m sure, and there seems no end in sight. As long as we con­tinue to be the po­lice­men for the world and stick our nose into places and things that don’t con­cern or in any way threaten the coun­try, we will have to live with the bud­get that saps our econ­omy and drains money from pro­grams that ben­e­fit our ci­ti­zens.

By the way, the bill passed by a vote of 344 to 81, so both par­ties are re­spon­si­ble. But the ques­tion must be asked: When is enough enough?

JON McQUIRTER

Hot Springs

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