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Maybe the US Should CUT its Budget by 50%?

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I’ve been quiet lately. Too much in the news is downright depressing when you really think it through, especially what’s happened in the US in the last 5 months.

I can’t hold back on this on.

Despite his vocal opposition of the status and importance of NATO (probably because the Russians want him to find a way to fragment and destroy the organization), Donald Trump accused a number of countries for not keeping up with the Americans when it came to military spending.

But wait a sec.

Maybe … just maybe … we should be pressuring the US to cut their military budget by 50%.  What a novel idea, right?

In 2016, the US spent $600 billion on its military. This doesn’t include the hundreds of billions for other activities like the NSA, CIA, etc etc etc.

Here’s a pretty picture that paints a thousand words:

The United States spends more on defense than the next seven countries combined

This is in absolute dollars.

As a percent of GDP, the US still ranks one of the highest spenders in the world:

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What an incredible waste.

If a fraction of this money was spent on things like renewables, education, the Great Lakes, space exploration and about 600 billion other things, the world would be a much better place.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. If they didn’t spend it, we’d lose to Al Qaeda or ISIS.

Bullshit.

Yes, Canada is low, but I’m proud of the fact that we’re keeping a lid on military expenses.  We HAVE to.

Wasting this money on guns and ammo and all of the death that comes with is what is keeping the world at bay from our next level of evolution.

So, Donald Trump, instead of asking us to increase our budgets, we’re going to ask you to decrease yours.

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