Our government spends an outrageous amount of money on "defense," considering that America hasn't been attacked by a foreign nation since WWII. Some say we need the money "just in case," but this track record shows we have that covered without more money spent. As highlighted in the news, our education system is in dire straits and reform is badly needed. However, when a need for money is combined with debt and a poor economy, money must be taken from another program, and defense is the clear choice. We follow this system every day, why should the government continue to spend without balance regardless of the consequences?
The war in Afghanistan is pointless. We have accomplished enough there; all of the soldiers in foreign countries should be sent home. This would help cut the national debt and leave money for education. I am sure that soldiers and their families will agree with me; after all, education doesn't kill anyone.
Balance is key to both a successful life and a successful government. We must balance our need for a powerful military with our need for a better education system. Education is the greater need at this point; therefore, military spending must be reduced.
Our government is sadly out of whack. Congress seems to misguidedly believe that spending can continually increase with no consequence. They have no right to dump an oversized national debt on the younger generation. Defense spending must be cut for education to progress.