US Historically High Defense Budget 2015

The US defense budget reaching for the sky 

The military budget that the United States has had for the last few years has increased steadily to reach historical heights. President Obama in his recent address said that it would negotiate with a Republican congress to increase the military budget by another 7 percent. If, and only if said the president, domestic spending would also be increased by those same 7 percent. Budget 2015 was pictured live on fox news live news. 

In a recent article Matt Sulivan from Reuters analyzes the reasons behind President Obama’s concession of those extra 7 percent to the DoD with out being asked for them. In the article the expert talks about many reasons that might have prompted the elected president of the United States to make such an uncharacteristic offer to the opposition.  

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Even though, says the expert, that the Republican controlled congress said no to the president’s offer it is a new way of thinking for this administration. He argues that the president wants to spend more money on programs that will secure his stamp on American history. Programs such as more free colleges for those that needed them, will give Obama his place in History. After all, who wouldn’t want to be remembered as the president that game education to the masses. This would explain very easily why he would offer the increase in the military’s budget. 

The problem lies in the fact that he was the one that brought up the 7 percent increase and didn’t wait for it to be asked for by the Republicans. There could be different explanations for this, the first one being what Obama’s detractors have already said, and that is that the president really has no plan and is only reacting to current events. Since the president no longer has the weight of reelection on his shoulders, this could make sense.  

Still political experts on fox news think that there are other reasons, less shallow reasons for the president’s decision.  Sulivan theorizes that this might have to do with the implied roll that American presidents have played in world politics. For a really long while, the president of the US has been seen or he himself has felt that he is the world stabilizing power. Sort of the person that would bring balance to world politics.  

Recent US involvement in Syria, and the seas near China, and the arctic have reminded us that this might be the job of the United States. Without those 600 plus military installations all around the world, how would it be possible for the country to prosper? Without a stable global free trade market, who would buy products made in the US. ? 

The real question says the expert is to figure out when enough is enough. With the different branches of the military clamoring for budget increase, the amount of money that would be necessary for Americans to really feel safe and able to conduct business as usual is uncertain. The military is of course no use to self limit themselves quoting the fact that every one of them has to be prepared by planning ahead not years, but decades.  

With the race for the presidency to start shortly, this is an issue that will no doubt create a lot of tension between the major parties. Hillary Clinton has already said that she will strengthen US foreign policy that will, no doubt increase this already historic military budget.  You can update yourself by watching more on http://www.hulkuss.com/watch-fox-news-live-streaming .