If elected, I will sponsor and work diligently to pass legislation to cut military spending by 60 percent or more and cut taxes by the amount saved; close all foreign U.S. military bases; withdraw completely from the Middle East; and bring our troops home.
Why we should dramatically downsize the U.S. military
- Cutting the U.S. military by 60 percent does not remove one cent of U.S. military defense spending — only military offense, defense of other countries, and waste. This will leave more than enough to defend the American people, our soils, and our shores against foreign attackers and invaders.
- An oversized military budget is a war waiting to happen. Needless war results in untold death and destruction — the greatest assault on human liberty. A lean, reasonably-sized military budget will save lives, avoid casualties, preserve personal property and community infrastructures, and foster peace.
- Fewer casualties will reduce demand on the Veterans Administration, which will improve the care of America’s wounded soldiers.
- Cutting the military by 60 percent will enable substantial cuts in federal taxes and stop the growth of the national debt. If applied to the income tax, each American family will get back, on average, thousands of dollars every year. If used to balance the budget, it will eliminate most of the deficit and stop today’s rapid inflation of the dollar. This will stabilize prices on everyday goods and services and dramatically reduce the risk of an economic collapse.
- A non-interventionist foreign policy will result in less hostility towards the United States and reduce the risk of a terrorist attack.
- There is no justification for forcing U.S. taxpayers to fund the military defense of other nations, including wealthy countries such as France, Germany and Japan.
- The U.S. has the largest nuclear arsenal in the world. It is extremely unlikely that any country would attack the U.S. by conventional means.
- Downsizing the military will force the reduction and consolidation of 18 separate spy agencies — the surest way to end the government’s spying on innocent citizens in violation of the Fourth Amendment.
- Voters want to downsize the U.S. military. According to a survey by the Stimson Center, Democratic, Republican and independent voters all want to cut military spending “far more severely than the sequester would [have]” and “far, far more severely than either party has proposed.”
- A right-sized military will be auditable, will squeeze out its legendary waste and will put an end to overpriced and unneeded multi-billion-dollar procurements that politicians lobby for to “bring home the bacon” to their districts.
- Closing foreign bases and withdrawing from the Middle East means that U.S. troops stationed abroad can come home to their families. Kids will grow up with mom and dad at home.
- A non-interventionist policy will reduce trade barriers, resulting in greater prosperity for both Americans and our trading partners.
- Transferring wealth out of the government sector and into the private sector will create sustainable, productive jobs — approximately twice as many jobs as will be lost in the government sector. A net increase of millions of new jobs.