I saw this on a bumper sticker the other day, and had to appreciate the truth for it.
Of course, it's not just that simple, after all, without money for defense, this country wouldn't be around to educate. But we don't seem to allocate as much for education as we do for defense. The military seems to have no problem getting funding to build new, expensive aircraft or missile systems, and they're giving out money hand over foot to get people to join.
Meanwhile, schools are finding themselves unable to update textbooks, pay enough money to keep the truly good teachers from doing something else where they can make a living, music, art, and other "unnecessary" programs are being cut.
Maybe they don't realize that if we don't invest better in our future, maybe there won't be anything left to defend?