Our interactions with the outside world play a major part in our problems with the national budget. The primary reason for this is our role as global policeman – we’ve got the world’s most expensive military by far. To be fair, it’s also the world’s most effective military, but maintaining that edge, and the capability to apply the full force of the military anywhere in the world (and in multiple regions at once, if necessary), is extremely costly. The defense budget makes up almost a fifth of the national government’s total expenditures, which means that it must play a significant role in any attempt to bring the budget woes of the nation under control.
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