The Senate’s Military Spending Increase Alone Is Enough to Make Public College Free
The Senate overwhelmingly approved an $80 billion annual increase in military spending, enough to have fully satisfied Sanders’ campaign promise of free public college for all Americans. Instead, the Senate handed President Trump far more than the $54 billion he asked for. The lavish spending package gives Trump a major legislative victory, allowing him to boast about fulfilling his promise of a “great rebuilding of the armed services.”U.S. military spending would exceed the total spending of its next 10 rivals put together, going off of 2016 military spending estimates from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
Free public college for all Americans was hailed as a non-starter by establishment Democrats and Republicans alike. Republicans wanted to know where the money would come from, and Hillary Clinton referred to the concept as people who “wanted a pony”. Student debt in the United States has surpassed $1.3 trillion dollars and is now considered a crisis that is crushing millions, with a whopping 7+ million Americans in default. Most of the expense is expected to go to military contractors who will produce tanks we do not need, or fighter jets that do not work in the rain.