The Washington Post has a link describing how the proposed Federal Budget will apportion money to the different federal departments:
What I found interesting related to our class was the $671 Billion jackpot scored by the Department of Defense- one of our country's forefront departments in charge of maintaining National Security. In an age where 59% of Americans are very or somewhat worried about terrorist attacks happening on American soil (see recent PEW survey http://people-press.org/reports/pdf/680.pdf) , its seems that we are willing to pay a high price in the coming fiscal year for safety.
Tocqueville says that we are a nation "racked by two inimical passions....the need to be led and the wish to be free" (AdT, 664). To what extent can Tocqueville's comment on the tradeoff between political freedoms and security be applied to individual economic freedom? Especially in a time when equality of opportunity can be an expensive purchase (think of how unaffordable college has become, yet one of the better ways to ensure opportunity in America's job market is to have a college degree), could it be argued that our representatives siphon off portions of our monetary freedom for national security? Do we run the risk of submitting ourselves to "the kind of oppression with which democratic peoples are threatened..." (AdT, 662), or is this just a normal and acceptable way to maintain our way of life?