Going Head To Head With Rubio Over Military Spending

Going Head To Head With Rubio Over Military Spending

Paul hit back in Tuesday’s Republican debate over military spending.

Squaring off with Rubio, he lambasted fellow conservatives for the free pass military spending always seems to get when laying out the national budget. While Marco Rubio claimed it was necessary, Paul was quick to point out the wasteful expenditures that always get wrapped in with the military budget.

Forbes summed up this wastefulness well, citing where a lot of the military budget actually goes:

“These include nation-building, policing foreign nations, humanitarian missions and ferrying executive- and legislative-branch leaders and their attendants around the globe. While these activities may be tangentially related to our standing in the world, they do not enhance our war-fighting capabilities.” (Forbes/The Federalist)

Marco, Cruz and Trump were quick to try and lay into Paul during the debate, Rubio claiming we can’t have an economy if we’re not safe and Cruz adding:

“You think defending this nation is expensive, try not defending it. That’s a lot more expensive.” (Daily Mail)

But all this bluster belies the fact that the U.S. actually already leads the world in military expenditure. Moreover, our obsession with military spending is not necessarily making us any safer. We already invest more in our military than the next 10 nations combined. Also, as mentioned, our budget now covers far more than just the upkeep of a standing army. At some point, enough is actually enough. In fact:

“In 2014 the United States, a country at peace with its neighbors that has less than 5 percent of the world’s population, accounted for more than a third of the world’s military spending. Congress could cut the Pentagon’s budget in half, and the U.S. would still be ‘the strongest military power in the world.‘” (Reason)

Therein lies the real issue. The GOP has a spending problem. While they may constantly lecture liberals on out of control spending for their pet projects, like social security and entitlements, the GOP suffers the same problem for their own projects – military spending being the big one. Paul contends that the spending is unnecessary, the budget being bloated with things not relevant to maintaining the military. He also cites our continued interference around the globe in matters not relevant to our own national security.

Thus, Paul thinks military spending gets a free pass from fellow conservatives. As part of his efforts to streamline the budget, he’d like to see cuts in the military as well. Do you agree? Let us know on Twitter. Also, follow us on Facebook and stay abreast of the issues Paul is fighting for.

Written by Mark Davis


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