“The United States of America is the most powerful nation on Earth. Period. It’s not even close. We spend more on our military than the next eight nations combined."
So said President Obama in his final State of the Union address.
But there is constant pressure from Congress to further expand military spending, even at the expense of domestic programs to help people in poverty.
Economist Mike Prokosch tracks the trends in federal spending.
And he leads workshops on the military-vs-domestic-spending balance; he joins us with an overview prior to a Eugene appearance in March.