Originally Posted by houghtam
It would be a lot easier to compete with China in the global economic market if we weren't outspending them 5:1 in defense.
Sorry that just doesn't make any sense. Our government doesn't compete with China. (in a meaningful sense) We do. $500 billion difference in defense spending would do nothing to turn the economic tide in any sense. What would you do with that money that would allow us to compete where we currently can't?
Besides, $150 billion bucks buys you a lot more Chinese soldiers than American ones. There's no conceivable way we could place our military funding on par.
It's a trade issue, not a federal funding issue.