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How is Trump going to pay for expanding our nuclear arsenal

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?

Alan Vervaeke
Gilford

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Maybe Whoopie Goldberg can get elected president of California?

To The Daily Sun,

Are you sick of all of the crying and the broken promises by Democrats since Trump was elected president? If so, I have some good news for you.

— Britain's economy is stronger after Brexit. President Obama predicted it would fail.

— There are loads of fireworks for sale, just contact the Democrat Party.

— Keith Olberman wants all two of his viewers to never address Trump as president.

— Whoopi Goldberg stated she is more qualified than Trump. If she runs in 2020, her saying will be Make America Crazy Again.

— Illegals going to Chicago because it is a sanctuary city.

— Obamacare is almost dead.

— Hillary will not run for any more elective office.

— FLOTUS Michelle Obama will not run for president.

— Soros, founder of Moveon.org and a big supporter of the Democratic Party has lost over $1 billion since Trump got elected.

— Many illegals are returning to Mexico and staying there since the Trump election.

— Democrats want California to secede from the United States and become its own country. Maybe Whoopi can be president of California.

— DHHS Secretary Burwell stated, "If insurance companies don't know what the health care market will look like, many will either raise prices or drop out." What are they doing now?

Here is a question that maybe Democrats can answer. Why is it that only Democrats do not have valid IDs to vote? Is it only Republicans that fly, travel to other countries (maybe that is why the elite Democrats did not move to Canada, no IDs), cash checks, takes SATs, drive, etc.?

Lastly, only a few days and President Obama will be out of office.

Jim Mayotte

Sanbornton

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