That is your opinion, apparently derived from your TV, and the dictatorships back in your homeland. There is nothing that limits it to strictly military or police. We can and do obligate our government to take proper care of its citizens, and considering our great prosperity, we need to expand it much further.
"TV"; I think you misspelled Tomas Jefferson.
Expand? The poor in this country have free housing, free food, free phones, and free college; when you add up all the benefits offered to the poor, I think you'll find that that they are well above the poverty line (in terms of total benefits accrued). And speaking of TVs they seem to manage obtaining those as well.
I personally have lost count of the number of times I've been in line buying chicken and hamburger on my own limited dime, just to watch the person in front of me buying a cart full of steak and shrimp with food stamps ^H^H^H EBT, then paying for beer, cigarettes, and lottery tickets with cash. I even saw one of these poor unfortunates drive off in a new model Mercedes.
When was the last time we saw Climate Change leaders meeting over skype? We are more used to seeing them flying private jets to an exotic location for a multi-day junket, then releasing a statement that we need to reduce our carbon emissions.
As someone said, " I'll believe it's a crisis when the people who tell me it's a crisis start acting like it's a crisis".
Do any of my fellow IT workers see 200k more IT jobs than domestic workers can fill?
I never cheated an honest man, only rascals. They wanted something for nothing. I gave them nothing for something. -- Joseph "Yellow Kid" Weil