Letter: Money for war, rich, but not for the poor
Although America is the world's largest economy, its outstanding national debt reached $21 trillion in March 2018. Its annual interest on debt is now $371 billion, which will double to $702 billion in 2023. America collects only 23 percent tax revenues as a percentage of its national income, which is lower than the world's 35 other industrial nations. Three Republican presidents — Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush and Donald Trump — gave huge cuts to the rich, adding to the national debt and worsening the existing inequality of income situation.
America's defense budget is inching closer to $1 trillion, which is greater than China, India, Russia, France, Japan and the U.K. combined. Now that America is out of the INF Treaty (Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty) with Russia, it is likely that the defense budget will increase. While the defense budget is fattening, infrastructure — such as roads, highways, bridges, seaports, and airports — are starving and crumbling for lack of necessary funds to repair and fix them.
America alone spends $809 billion on public education, which is larger than Canada, Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, the U.K., South Korea, Russia and Japan combined, and yet in international math and science tests American kids consistently score lower than any of these countries. America is the richest, and most unequal, country in the world. It remains in the top spot with 47 percent of the global wealth. The U.S. poverty rate has averaged around 27 percent of the population with an income less than 50 percent of the country's median income. America's annual health care spending is over $3.4 trillion, the highest in the world but not everyone has equal access to the health care.
This president often publicly attacks his intelligence chiefs and asked them to go back to school, unlike any other president before him. America's president insults its long-term allies while admiring its foes like Russia's Vladimir Putin and North Korea's Kim Jong-Un unlike other U.S. president before him. This president hates to read anything, including his intelligence reports prepared for him by his intelligence chiefs so he is able to make informed decisions. He would rather rely on and trust "Fox & Friends."
Since the Kennedy administration, no other president has appointed his daughter and son-in-law to cabinet positions as his senior personal advisers. Not since Nixon have so many presidential assistants such as Michael Flynn, Michael Cohen, Rick Gates, Roger Stone, Paul Manafort and George Papadopoulos been indicted on charges of lying to the Congress, witness tampering and obstruction of justice.
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