To The Daily Sun,
On the Thursday before Christmas, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted, "The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes."
Let's ignore the implication that we're reigniting the nuclear arms race after 30-plus years of reductions (started ironically by Ronald Reagan, but I digress), and focus instead on where the money comes from?
Don't roll your eyes, conservatives. Please just answer the question. It is a fair one to ask. Simply stated, how is it going to get paid for?
First off, the president-elect has promised to eliminate the national debt and reduce taxes, particularly corporate taxes. He also promised to rebuild America's infrastructure ... to the tune of trillions.
He's also promised to build a wall across 2,000-plus miles of southern border, which will conservatively cost at least a $1 trillion to build, maintain, and patrol. And Mexico will not pay for it. No way. No how.
Let's not forget a 355-ship Navy which easily adds another $5.5 billion to the annual Defense budget.
And now he's promised to rebuild the U.S. military to include a "greatly" expanded nuclear capability. Nukes are pricey — wicked pricey. This isn't a Build-A-Bomb store at the mall. No, you have to procure materials, do testing, provide the security, and you need extraordinarily expensive delivery systems including ICBMs, nuclear subs, and nuclear-capable long-range bombers ... and the support infrastructure required for those forces. We'd also have to have the incredibly expensive command, control, communications, and intelligence networks to support it. And that's just for starters. This isn't Air Force One we're talking about. This stuff is serious.
So here's an equation for all you math types: A drastic reduction in federal income + huge increases in federal spending + ($20 trillion federal debt) = Make America Great Again? Plus all the other things that conservatives think they're going to get, like internment camps, a Muslim registration system, and some way to drain that Washington swamp.
I realize that modern Republicans use creation science instead of actual math, but how will this work? How do you have reduced income, plus increased spending, and come up with zero debt? And would you do this at home with your own checkbook?
Even if you eliminate all of the things that conservatives seem to loathe these days (such as education and food stamps and health care and environmental protections) and we end up a nationalistic and conservative utopia of unhealthy and hungry supporters, you still don't make up more than a few percentage points of the difference.
So, how does this work? Anybody? I think I'm going to have to wait a very long time before anyone is capable of answering. Maybe the Russians can get it for me?
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