When President Biden announced his infrastructure budget of nearly two trillion dollars over the next eight years, Democratic liberals got excited and Republicans not surprisingly attacked it
But I expect that they will have no trouble passing his defense budget of seven hundred billion. That’s six trillion over the same eight years.
Biden’s war budget when compared to what the Chinese spend is illustrative.
Rather than spending wasted dollars on a bloated military, China has decided to compete with the United States by implementing support for infrastructure throughout the developing world. It is known as the Belt and Road Initiative.
Even The New York Times gives evidence that Joe Biden has decided to take a very different path than China.
Look at who he has brought into his administration.
Mr. Biden, with minimal controversy, has appointed a defense secretary, General Austin, who served on the board of Raytheon Technologies.
It’s not just General Austin. Mr. Biden’s deputy defense secretaryworked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank whose funders include Northrop Grumman, Boeing and Lockheed Martin. As Mandy Smithberger at the Project on Government Oversight has noted, more than a dozen members of the Biden administration — including his top Asia adviser at the National Security Council and the official leading the Pentagon’s China strategy review — have ties to the Center for a New American Security, which according to a report by the Center for International Policy received more funding from defense contractors between 2014 and 2019 than any other think tank the group analyzed. Before becoming Mr. Biden’s secretary of state, Antony Blinken advised a private equity firm that focuses on the defense and aerospace sectors, among others.
These are not people interested in cutting defense spending or expanding domestic infrastructure spending.
Bernie Sanders has a different idea.
“At a time when the U.S. already spends more on the military than the next 12 nations combined, it is time for us to take a serious look at the massive cost over-runs, the waste and fraud that currently exists at the Pentagon,”
Sanders chairs the Senate Budget Committee.
He joins other progressives in speaking out against the proposed 1.7 percent boost in defense spending.
“We need a fundamental shift in how we address national security issues and invest in climate action and pandemic response,” said Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), calling the proposal disappointing.