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The viewpoints that flourished during Roosevelts presidency and the Cold War have remained to this day as demonstrated by the continuation of US involvement with foreign issues and the competition among world leaders in regards to armaments The United States is distinguishable from the rest of the world in the way that it is devoted to own the most advanced weapons on the planet According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute SIPRI the United States is accountable for nearly half of the total global military spending This explains its rank as number one military spender in the world Despite this proposals for the federal budget for fiscal year 2013 intend to decrease the national deficit by reducing expenditure in other sectors such as education health care Social Security infrastructure and energy Continuous military spending is counter-productive as it will worsen the economy Instead the government should consider reducing the spending in that sector and invest in programs that can improve upcoming generations Federal spending on warfare technology has been highlighted as the main source of the 162 trillion national debt According to the analytical articleBenefits of Slimmer Pentagon Pollin and Garret-Peltier claim that there will be other areas being affected by budget cuts if Congress and the White House devise a way to exempt the Pentagon from the automatic cutsthe cuts will instead be taken from healthcare education social spending infrastructure and the environment Those opposing the reduction in military spending argue that the United States must protect itself from its enemies and not let them transcend over the military power that this country withholds and that significant reductions in the military budgetwould decimate US defenses and inflict major damage to the economy Pollin Peltier However a Huffington Post article by reporter Joy Resmovits statesSchools HIV testing childcare and unemployment programs are all under threat as across-the-board cuts known as sequestrian are scheduled to strike in January 2013 according to a new US
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