Cut defense spending, build infrastructure

Jul 30 2012 - 1:04pm

Editor,

While it's true that the United States has the greatest military in the world, it is also a fact that we spend over seven times as much as the rest of the world on our military. This would be a good place to reduce the deficit for this country. The cost of military expenditures could be reduced by at least $400 billion and still be more than all the rest of the other countries combined. The main reason to keep the expenses so high is the high profit levels that are gained by the upper 5 percent of the country.

The reduction in military spending would also reduce the amount of the deficit that has affected the economy of this country for the past ten-plus years. It is in the best interest of the Republican Party, which has voted to do this to help to reduce the spending on this country's military.

The reduction in military spending would open avenues for employment in other areas that would also help to lower the unemployment to below the 8.2 percent level that it is at now.

Certainly, the Republicans are blindly focused on defeating President Obama, but they should also work to put the citizens back to work. The reduced military spending won't make our military less powerful when it is the most powerful in the world now. The reduced military budget could be used to upgrade our roads and bridges to the best in the world.

Clifford Tornow

Roy

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