The Myth About Defense Spending

Chart from the Heritage Foundation

Defense is one of the few things our federal government manages today that the U.S. Constitution actually authorizes it to do.

Sadly, somewhere between 50 and 60% of the federal budget is spent on social programs that the Constitution simply does not authorized. No authority is found for them in Article 1 Section 8, and these enumerated authorities, as well as the Tenth Amendment and the writings of the founders in the Federalist Papers, make it clear that the federal government has no authority outside those enumerated powers.

Yet we continually hear the Left yammering and whining about supposedly massive spending on defense…when in actuality it is only 20% or less of our budget. And did I say that it is one of the few things the Constitution authorizes our federal government to do?

And what price can we put on our safety (look back to 911 if you have doubts) and our freedom?

The Heritage Foundation has put together this graph which reveals that defense spending as a percentage of our total federal budget is actually about as low if not the lowest it has been in our history.

So the next time you hear a liberal blathering about the high cost of defending our country, be sure to set them straight.

Woodrow Wilcox



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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran, a political reporter and commentator for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for over 20 years. He was a founding member and board member of the Tea Party groups Citizens for Liberty and the South Dakota Tea Party Alliance. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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