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pitzy272 said:
SvennoJ said:

Plenty countries to look at who do very well with different kinds of social assistance and minimum income. Of course all those countries don't spend 15% of their budget (actually roughly half of discretionary spending) on 'defense'. Which really is a form of social assistance as well at this point in the USA. In 2017 142.5 million US citizens were employed by the US military (1.3 million active duty members). That's the biggest social employment scheme ever seen.

142.5mil employed by the US military…either you mistyped, or I’m missing something. That number approaches half the US population of 330mil people.

That puzzled my brain as well, however it comes straight from the horse's mouth
https://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2018/data-on-display/military-civilian-compare.htm

Of course the US military is not just active in the states, there are bases all over the world employing people and the US has many overseas territories as well.