Military

"There are instruments so dangerous to the rights of the nation, and which place them so totally at the mercy of their governors, that those governors, whether legislative or executive, should be restrained from keeping such instruments on foot, but in well-defined cases. Such an instrument is a standing army."   
-Thomas Jefferson-

   Since WWII we've had a total 180 degree shift in our values as a nation.  My view is that you can't be a conservative on everything except for military spending and still call yourself a true blooded American.

   The American government spends more on military than any other government on earth.   We spend three times the amount of the next closest country and as a percentage of our GDP we spend 3.3%-4.4% while the global average is 2.2%.  America accounts for a staggering 36% of the global total spent by all countries. 

 We need to peg our military spending to the global average by GDP or 2.2%  

   Every country has a duty to protect its citizens.  But, on the global stage that means that every country has a duty to spend as much as they can to defend themselves against the largest military.  The size of our military, forces every other country to increase the size of their own military or admit that they have no power over their own lives.

   It costs 5-10 times less to build and operate a drone than a comparable fighter jet.  With advancements from private companies such as Space-X, we can launch military satellites at nearly a tenth the cost.  While costs for new tech go down, costs for soldiers remain the same or increase.  Injuries to a 20-year-old soldier go beyond the damage to their life.  An injury could cost the country for 50 years or more after the fighting has ended.  Our military should be making better use of technological advancements instead of continuing to be built around outdated and overpriced systems and the blood and limbs of our youth.

   With our current technological advancements, we could easily streamline and upgrade our military to spend far less while maintaining or increasing our defensive capabilities.

   We have more guns in this country than citizens.  No country could ever hope to invade us and win.  At some point we've got to ask the question, are we spending what's reasonable for defense or have we crossed the line into spending as an aggressive action.  The most obvious line would be the global average as a percentage of GDP.  Holding to that line would still see us spend twice as much as any other country.  At the lowest estimates, it would also save our citizens over two to three hundred billion every year to purchase other group services or pay back our debt.  Most of all it would follow more closely with the ideas this country was founded on.

“War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.”
-Thomas Jefferson-

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