Trump has proposed increasing U.S. Defense spending by $54 billion or 9.1%. What he neglects to say is that we are already spending 2.8 time the amount of the next country, China, and the fact is if we are not able to maintain a credible defense spending 2.8 times what China spends we are unlikely to be able to do it spending 3.0 times what China spends. Other countries that might represent a threat to the United States spend significantly less on defense than China.
Instead, if our defense is as inadequate as Trump claims, he should look at how we are spending out money and how he can reallocate existing spending more effectively. Clearly, in absolute dollars we are spending enough money on defense.
Senator Bernie Sanders proposed increased spending on college education. From a comparative standpoint, this actually makes some sense since education is an investment in the future and the direct cost of higher education in the United States is by far the highest across all developed countries. In addition, the U.S. currently ranks fifth in the world in the proportion of adults that have university-level education, after Canada, the Russian Federation, Japan, and Israel.