We have spent over 13-trillion dollars on defense over the last 4 decades, and yet there is still strife in the world and those that we must defend ourselves, and others, against.<quoted text>
...Saying that raising taxes helps the poor by funding government programs that help them would probably be your opinion. And, I would say that if those programs actually helped people, I might agree with you, but they don't. This country has spent $15 trillion over the past 4 decades and what has been the result - no net change in the % of those considered poor in this country. Instead what we have seen is an explosion in the illegitimacy rate as these same programs discourage marriage and fathers staying with the family. We have had an escalating crime rate in the black community and an ever increasing % of young black men in prison as a direct result of growing up in single parent households where the boys have no constructive male role models in their lives as a direct result of these same policies and programs.
In spite of these defense programs, or some might say as a result of, there is actually more strife in the world today and we may even be manufacturing our enemies of tomorrow with our actions today.