Letter: Bigger military isn’t worth the cuts

President Donald Trump, budget chief Mick Mulvaney and other members of the White House’s inner circle have proposed a budget that slashes or zeroes out federal support of programs including Meals on Wheels, school breakfasts and lunches, public television and radio and the National Endowment for the Arts. Mulvaney has said such programs “aren’t working,” but how he can tell? He claimed the cuts indicate “compassion” because he isn’t asking a single mother of two in Detroit for money that will only be wasted on public radio.

This assumes the single mother would gladly give her last pennies to help build up the military. However, this mother stands to benefit far more from public radio programs, Meals on Wheels, school lunches and the NEA than she ever would from a so-called bigger, better military. Speaking of that military, once we have it, all built up and ready to roar, is it possible that our current administration won’t be itching to use it?

After all, when you have a big hammer, everything begins to look like a nail.

Margo Bartlett

Delaware

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