Why The U.S. Always Passes Its Military Budget During the Holidays

Americans will spend nearly $2 billion a day ensuring that the United States continues to wage wars around the world in 2018, and this seems to be the one topic Democrats and Republicans magically agree on… Why isn’t anyone talking about this?

It’s ironic, isn’t it, how your government can’t agree on taxes or healthcare, yet the National Defense Authorization Act is passed every single year, with no problems whatsoever.

They also seem to pass it right around to holidays, so while you’re getting ready for Christmas and looking forward to spending time your family, the elected officials who are supposed to represent you, are selling you out to the tune of $700 billion.

What’s even more ridiculous, is where that money goes… $634 billion will be given the Pentagon. Recent reports have revealed that the Pentagon can’t account for more than 44,000 troops around the world, and the Pentagon is responsible for losing more than $21 trillion in the last 17 years.

We just found out that a government agency lost enough money to pay back the entire U.S. National Debt, so we’re punishing the agency by giving it another 634 billion? Seriously?

Advocated for this bill will try to convince you that it is the only way to keep Americans safe, but the United States has had the exact same foreign policy for years. It hasn’t made Americans any safer, and it has only led to more endless war.

What if Americans started to support a foreign policy built around peace, and what if just half of the money that will be spent on war in 2018 was given back to the American taxpayers it was originally stolen from? That would actually make a difference, and that is something everyone should be talking about.

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Rachel Blevins is a journalist who aspires to break the left/right paradigm in media and politics by pursuing truth and questioning existing narratives.

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