Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on Budget & Economy



American economy is in troublefor most people

Q: We began by asking him to finish this sentence. The American economy right now is what?

KENNEDY: In trouble.

Q: Why? A lot of the economic data is good. Consumer spending is good.

KENNEDY: Yeah, I'm aware and we're $33 trillion in debt and we have two presidential candidates who are saying they brought prosperity to this country, but you've got 57% of the American people who cannot put their hands on $1,000 if they have an emergency. And for those people, the engine light goes on in their car and it's like the apocalypse happened. It's the end of the world for them. We have now kids can't afford houses. Housing prices have gone from $215,000 two years ago to $400,000 today. Now, part of the American Dream that if you worked hard, you played by the rules, you can afford a house. You can take a summer vacation, you can raise a family, put money aside for retirement and that was with one job and that's not happening.

Source: CNBC "Last Call" interview with 2023 Presidential hopefuls , Aug 30, 2023

Shift budget from military to domestic spending

Kennedy said that his "primary platform" on the economy would be cutting military spending and reinvesting that money into domestic spending and development. "My primary platform is to cut the costs on the military," Kennedy said on the show. "Again, what we were told was a peace dividend after the collapse of the Soviet Union. We were going to cut our military budget from about $600 billion a year to $200 billion a year."
Source: ABC News on 2023 Presidential hopefuls , Jun 21, 2023

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2024 Republican Presidential Candidates:
Gov. Doug Burgum (R-ND)
Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ)
Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL)
Larry Elder (R-CA;withdrew)
Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC)
Rep. Will Hurd (R-FL;withdrew)
Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-AR)
Perry Johnson (R-IL)
Mayor Steve Laffey (R-RI)
Former V.P.Mike Pence (R-IN;withdrew)
Vivek Ramaswamy (R-OH)
Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)
Secy. Corey Stapleton (R-MT)
Mayor Francis Suarez (R-FL;withdrew)
Former Pres.Donald Trump (R-NY)

2024 Democratic and 3rd-party primary candidates:
Pres. Joe Biden (D-DE)
V.P.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (I-NY)
Joe "Exotic" Maldonado (Libertarian)
Rep.Dean Phillips (D-MN)
Cornel West (Green Party)
Kanye West (Birthday Party)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
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