Trump's budget requests need to be looked at with some reality. What is being proposed is a 10% increase in defense and homeland security spending and a matching reduction in non military spending. As Trump states, " We will be substantially upgrading all of our military, all of our military, offensive, defensive, everything. Bigger and better and stronger than ever before..." We are presently spending the same amount as the next largest 8 countries military budgets. We need more to be safe?
By cutting the rest of the non military budget we should look at where we stand in this Country in relation to other countries in non military areas. In the area of health care for our citizens we consistently rank below other developed countries for health outcomes despite spending double what other countries spend. In a report by the Commonwealth Fund we came in 11th out of 11.
"11 nations studied in this report—Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States—the U.S. ranks last, as it did in the 2010, 2007, 2006, and 2004 editions of Mirror, Mirror..."
Petition to cut off health insurance to members of Congress.