According to Jasmine Tucker who wrote the article “The President's 2017 Budget Proposal in Pictures”, the government spends 15% of the budget on the military. That relates to roughly 632
billion dollars spent on the military (Tucker). This is not the largest department being spent on but it is still one of the largest. This includes all of the branches of the military, so it is the total amount spent on them. Also according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the military employs 233,589 people (“Military”). This is a pretty large amount of people that serve because this includes everyone from combat soldiers to mechanics. This also is the total number of service members including every military branch and Coast Guard.
The government spending on the military is too high. The government should decrease the amount they spend on the military and use that money for a program that helps the American people. The United States is not currently in a war, so why is the government spending so much on the military? What is the point of investing in the military for it to not be used? Lowering the amount the government spends on the military will not decrease the aggregate demand, or decrease the number of jobs because the money is just going to be moved to a different category in the government. It also won’t lower the GDP because the spending won’t be lowered but only the money being used will change departments of the government. This won’t affect the economy it will just affect where the money goes.
The government could take 100 to 200 billion dollars from the military budget and put it into education or to any department that affects the American people in a positive way. If they decide to use the money and give it to the citizens, this will actually help the economy through the spending multiplier. The spending multiplier says that if the government gives people money they will then turn around and spend it a potion of it (“Multiplier”). This will keep on going because the money keeps changing hands and helps the economy. The government is spending 632 billion dollars on the military and taking 100 billion to 200 billion dollars will still leave them with over 400 billion dollars. The military currently spends 632 billion dollars on equipment and this equipment doesn’t get used. Some of the money spent is for the salaries but most of it is spent on equipment. The spending on the equipment can be less and that money can be used to help the American people. The government should lower the spending on the military and help the American People.
Works Cited“Military Careers.” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 24 Oct. 2017 www.bls.gov/ooh/military/ military-careers.htm, 1 Mar. 2018.
“The Multiplier Effect and the Simple Spending Multiplier: Definition and Examples” Study.com, 2018, https://study.com/academy/lesson/the-multiplier-effect-and-the-simple-spending -multiplier-definition-and-examples.html, 2 Mar. 2018.
Tucker, Jasmine, “The President's 2017 Budget Proposal in Pictures.” National Priorities Project, 17 Feb. 2016 www.nationalpriorities.org/analysis/2016/presidents-2017-budget-in -pictures/, 1 Mar. 2018.