The United States has 5 percent of the world's population, but each year, we account for 50 percent of military spending on the planet. Nevertheless, it's a presidential-election season, and, as usual, Republican hopefuls claim the Pentagon's budget is too small and must be boosted. In the world of Washington, D.C., politics, shifting even more resources to policing the world means cuts here at home. One of the most sincere leaders battling such foolishness is Linda Sanchez, a Democrat who represents portions of Los Angles and Orange counties. Less flashy than her older sister, Loretta, Sanchez has repeatedly fought cuts in education, infrastructure and health care. Her goal—”helping hard-working Americans”—is a welcomed break from the region's GOP nonsense.