Why is the US taxpayer paying for the "defense" of Germany, Japan, and South Korea? Aren't these all prosperous countries capable of paying for their own militaries? Why then is the US taxpayer saddled with the bill?
Well, it turns out the answer is pretty simple: Like every other government program, our military bases overseas (there are around 900 of them!) are just a symptom of a bloated federal government's constant overreach. Installing military bases all over the globe is nothing more than big government trying to solve the world's problems. That's right, not content with solving all domestic problems, our wonderful government has decided that it, (and only it), can solve all of the world's problems as well! If you're for small government, you should be against the ever expanding role of the federal government - including its expansion into the affairs of sovereign nations around the world that are, truth be told, none of its business! (Just like most of the domestic problems it is "solving".)
Here's the truth about our military bases overseas: The countries who want us there, don't need us there - they can afford to pay for their own defense; and the countries who don't want us are not worth defending anyway! In fact there's ample evidence that a lot of our terrorism problems around the globe are generated from blowback due to our heavy handed interventionism. We would actually be safer if we closed all our foreign bases. If you doubt this, think of Canada: They are not being attacked by terrorist organizations like we are. And why is this? They have the same freedoms and lifestyle the world supposedly hates us for - so it can't be that. The difference is that they have no foreign bases (that I know of anyway) and a non-interventionist foreign policy so they are not constantly inserting themselves into other nation's affairs. (Even Canadian big government does not stretch to foreign lands!)
If any of the candidates for President are serious about ending BIG government (and only one of them is), they will pull the theiving hand of government out of our pockets, stop the spread of government into foreign lands, and keep OUR money here at home!