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Articles, December 2012 Edition

Money Worth Spending

Column by Christian Wright

As the world looks forward through the perception of time, the hands on a clock never stop ticking. While terrorism and violence unfolds worldwide, the necessity of global security has led to a military powered society. One necessity stands certain in this society concerning military action and the need for government funding. It is a must.

On a micro level perception, people want to feel safe from identity theft and bank fraud. On a macro level outlook, the United States looks to keep global security at an all-time high. Though many people share this same belief, there are still many others who feel like the cost might be too high for the product they receive.

“I feel like our funding is too excessive,” junior Blake Moon said. “There is too much money towards the military that goes into it that never gets seen, whereas that same money could be used for education”.

Military funding for safety and security essentially comes from the pockets of tax paying citizens. Some feel that it is a diplomatic solution to a political question. Even with the economic state of the country as it is, taxpayer’s dollars are worth the cut towards all military pursuits.

“Military budget funding should never be decreased,” Financial Aid Specialist II Brooke Terrell said. “We are only as strong as our least funded branch of military. Military funding directly affects how strong we are as a nation. Without the money put into it, we become vulnerable.”

The military budget is that portion of the United States federal budget that is allocated to the Department of Defense. More broadly, it is the portion of the budget that goes to any military-related expenditure. This budget pays the salaries, training, and health care of uniformed and civilian personnel, maintains arms, equipment and facilities, funds operations, and develops and buys new equipment. The budget funds all branches of the U.S. military: Army, Navy, United States Air Force, United States Marine Corps and United States Coast Guard.

“I think we spend too much money towards the military although I know some is absolutely necessary,” senior Colton Woody said. “Some areas could be given a second look as far as funding goes. A lot of our money goes to the undercover side of the coin where the public never gets a chance to see the overall figures. I feel like if the government were open and honest with where our money is going, there wouldn’t be so many problem today as we keep digging ourselves deeper in financial crisis”.

For the 2010 fiscal year, the president’s base budget of the department of spending on overseas contingency operations brought the sum to $663.84 billion. When the budget was signed into law on October 28, 2009, the final size of the Department of Defense’s budget was $680 billion, $16 billion more than President Obama had requested. Furthermore, an additional $37 billion supplemental bill to support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan was passed in the spring of 2010. Though many cuts in budget are already in effect, the national debt has sat idle as time has passed.

“In all, I’m okay with the government spending,” Financial Aid Specialist II Traci Kennedy said. “I know the money comes directly out of our pockets each year, but if those soldiers are willing to put their life on the line every day, I don’t see why we can’t help them out in every way possible. My dad, brother, nephew, and husband have all served in the military. Like I said, I’m okay with what we have.”

This being an issue on a national level, the cost at stake is military dominance and ultimately, global security. A perfect world solution to things would post saying that in all cases alike, violence and other evils of the world would seize to exist. However, this is not the case. The average everyday child could be able to inform anyone that this is not a perfect world. The feeling of safety and global security lie in the hands of higher superiors in military grasps. The money comes from you.

“I personally think Obama is going to cut a lot of the funding and it’s going to be bad,” senior Andrew Deaton said. “It shows our nations weakness and makes us more vulnerable to terrorist attacks. No need to ask me twice, I am pro-funding.”

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