Presidents go through the motions of putting together a budget for the upcoming fiscal year. They give it snappy titles like "America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again." They send it to Congress with great fanfare -- and then, generally speaking, it gets discarded and Congress writes its own plan.


Even though the United States faces no significant military threat, and even though China is slowing its military spending and Russia is cutting theirs, Trump is proposing a $54 billion increase to America's already bloated military budget. That number is almost equivalent to what Russia spends in total on its national defense.

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