After Sen. John McCain called for a massive increase in defense spending, raising current expenditures by more than $85 billion annually over the five years, arguing that the Trump administration’s proposed budget contains far less than it will take to restore the U.S. military to a dominant role, one New Jersey Democrat described the idea as “lunacy.”
Lisa McCormick, a Democratic candidate for governor in New Jersey, said the Senate Armed Services Committee chairman’s plan is “madness” because America already spends far more than any other nation on military.
“The United States already has by far the largest military budget in the world,” said McCormick. “The Pentagon’s annual budget is roughly the size of the world’s next seven largest military budgets combined. The Costs of War Project released a report estimating that the United States has spent nearly $5 trillion on homeland security and wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Pakistan since 19 men hijacked four airplanes on September 11, 2001 but we are not better off.”
“Senator McCain published a white paper laying out every defense hawks’ wish list as Congress prepares to debate spending priorities, but it is simply madness to believe we need to add nearly half a trillion dollars to the defense budget over the next five years,” said McCormick. “President Donald Trump’s proposal to boost defense spending by $54 billion is already too much at a time when the Republicans are trying to cut health insurance for millions of Americans and our national debt is $20 trillion. This lunacy demands a response from thinking people.”
“America should reduce violence in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, bring defense spending under control and establish peace as the goal of our foreign policy,” said McCormick. “Republicans are crazy. Slashing the budgets for environmental protection and health care to fund this historic increase in military spending begs the question: ‘Who are they afraid of?’ The United States has thousands of nuclear weapons capable of destroying the planet and a stronger military than any other nation.”
“You are not fulfilling a promise to pursue public safety and national security when you do not budget to prevent illness from pollution or allow sick and injured Americans to die for lack of health care,” said McCormick. “Trump’s morally bankrupt budget will pump more money into the Pentagon at the expense of the poor and our planet. Smart money would be invested on saving lives instead of destroying life.”
“The United States could decrease Pentagon spending by 20 percent and be safer than we can expect from increased militarization, because investing money in health, education, cleaning up pollution and rebuilding our economy will make us richer and healthier and smarter,” said McCormick.
“Republicans must stop feeding this country’s paranoia but the media and establishment Democrats who have failed to call them on this deserve as much blame as the lunatic fringe,” said McCormick. “Until someone starts talking actual sense, the GOP lunacy is going to be believed. There are problems we can fix, but there is nothing to fear except losing our senses. America faces no existential threat from immigrants or outsiders, but we have the power to destroy ourselves, extinguish freedom and bankrupt future generations.”
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