Has the US Defence budget ever been significantly cut?
HA! Maybe in the 1800s!
He is looking for a $54 Billion bump year over year.
Wonder how much health insurance, or public school assistance, or mental health care, or homeless shelter one could get for $54 Billion...
Take the homeless and those that need mental health care and put them in the army, problem solved.
Don't you love it when people, usually shouty, binary thinker types use this argument?
"We wouldn't have to spend so much on a big prison population if we put all the slackers and no hopers into the army for a kick up the arse. Would solve two problems, that and if the Chinese invade us."
Umm... that's not going to save money. It costs more to train soldiers, pay them, equip them and look after them than it does to lock someone up no matter how annoyed you might be that they get 3 nice meals a day and get to play video games.
Also, why would you try to get the hardest to control demographic to do something that is extremely disciplined and controlled? Particularly when they don't even want to? There are people who desperately want to be soldiers who don't even make it. Then there's the whole thing about putting weapons in the hands of criminals, regardless of how they went in the psych test.