I was listening to Bob Brinker and his guest speaker Dean Clancey yesterday and haven't verified the numbers yet, but Bob Brinker said we spend about $740B on the military every year. He also said that China spends about $90B and that the USA spends far more than the rest of the world combined.Dean is the Legislative Counsel and Vice President of Health Care Policy at FreedomWorks.
My thoughts immediately went to the fact that China is a communist country so that $90B could represent the same value as $740B here in the states. I think we spend far too much on the military and that we occupy far too many countries. I'm tired of footing the bill to be the world's police and our government thinking that it SHOULD be our responsibility. Smaller government means smaller military.
An ex Marine (if there is such a thing) works on my crew. He did a tour in Iraq and a tour in Afghanistan. I talked to him just last week about his experiences and what I heard strengthened my opinion that we need to GTFO of those areas.
Here's audio from the broadcast that I recorded on my dashcam. The first 20 or 30 seconds are a bit noisy but then it smooths out. You'll hear some background noise, but the audio is quite clear.
Interview highlights - military and other points:
Flat taxes, income taxes, payroll taxes and excise taxes/tarrifs
10% fat in the military.
Dwight Eisenhower - beware of the military industrial complex.
Medicare recipients get back $3 of every $1 they contribute.
Medicare is rife with fraud, waste and abuse. It's well documented to be 10% and could be as high as 20%.
Debunking the sequester drama.
Shrink the government, grow the economy and give people more individual liberties.