U.S. Military Budget to Increase by Over $50 Billion

Apparently more taxpayer dollars will be spent on war and military contractors instead of those in poverty. The military budget of the United States is more than the military budgets of at least the next seven countries combined.

President Donald Trump will propose a federal budget that ramps up defense spending by $54 billion and slashes “lower-priority” programs across agencies by an equal amount, the White House announced Monday.

Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, said, “A budget is a statement of priorities, and with this proposal, Trump is telling America he doesn’t care about what happens to children who are forced to drink toxic water and breath polluted air…. This is a budget rigged to boost the profits of corporate polluters at the expense of the health of our families.”

Trump said the budget will put “America first,” a common refrain from his xenophobic campaign. In addition to military spending, it will seemingly include funds to increase local law enforcement agencies’ participation in the president’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants.

As the National Priorities Project noted on Twitter, “when it comes to military spending, America is already first. Not first for education, health outcomes, economic mobility.”

Reports last week outlined the OMB’s “hit list” of federal programs, assembled by the office’s newly-confirmed chief Mick Mulvaney, which targeted the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Export-Import Bank, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, which funds AmeriCorps and SeniorCorps projects.