Hey America, do you ever think to yourself, “Boy, I sure do wish we spent less money protecting the environment and more on guns and bombs and stuff.” You don’t? Well, Donald Trump does, and he’s got a plan to make it happen. It’s going to cost us, though.
The president told a group of 46 state governors on Sunday that he plans to expand military spending by an unprecedented degree. Actually, “one of the greatest military buildups in American history” was the phrase that Trump used. More specifically, the orange-hued dingleberry wants to send an extra $54 billion—a 9.2 percent increase—the Pentagon’s way by reducing funding to agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State Department. It’s unclear how much money the president wants to move from the EPA and State Departments’ coffers; the agencies’ combined budgets amount to around $74 billion. Officials told The New York Times that the money might also come from social welfare programs, and Trump said that his plan would represent “historic increase in defense spending to rebuild the depleted military of the United States of America.”
Let that sink in. President Trump literally wants to take money away from the EPA and the damn diplomatic corps in order to boost America’s “depleted” war machine. It’s widely known that the United States leads the world in defense spending by a lot. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the US military budget is three times as large as the second biggest spender: China. It’s almost ten times larger than Russia’s defense budget.
The idea that Trump wants to spend even more on the military is especially ironic given his criticism of defense spending in the past. Last year, Trump even drew attention to a Washington Post report that claimed the Pentagon had buried “evidence of $125 billion in bureaucratic waste.” But now the president wants to hand the military another $54 billion?