Saturday, October 9, 2010

The Biggest Threat to National Security

Jacob Hornberger writes:

Everyone is finally starting to recognize that the federal government is merrily traveling down the road to national bankruptcy ... and is going to take a lot of Americans down with it. The government is spending at least $1 trillion dollars more than what it is taking in ... every year, with no end in sight...

What are the biggest programs that all that federal spending and debt are funding?

Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other so-called welfare-state entitlements, along with military spending, including the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Yet, what do Republicans and Democrats say? They say, "We promise you that we won't touch any of those programs. But we also promise you that we'll rein in out-of-control federal spending and debt."

That's ridiculous. Why? Because all those welfare-warfare programs amount to 80 percent of federal expenditures! How can they rein in federal spending without touching programs that constitute 80 percent of federal spending, especially when the balance of the spending includes interest on the debt and such sacrosanct programs as the war on drugs?

They can't. It's a joke when they claim they can...

What do we need a standing army for? What do we need a military-industrial complex for? What do they do for us?

Nothing good. They suck vast amounts of productive capital out of the pockets of the American people, they mire America in foreign invasions, occupations, assassinations, torture, rendition, indefinite incarceration, and suspension of habeas corpus and civil liberties, create new enemies every day, and send us further down the road to national bankruptcy with ever-increasing expenditures.

As President Dwight Eisenhower warned us many years ago, the military-industrial complex poses a grave threat to our freedom and well-being. Time has proven him correct...

It's time for the American people to confront the obvious: the welfare-warfare state way of life has proven to be a bad mistake. It should never have been adopted. We should never have abandoned the principles of liberty, free markets, and a constitutionally limited republic on which our nation was founded.

It's still not too late. We need to repeal, not reform, all socialist, interventionist, and imperialist welfare-warfare state programs, departments, and agencies. It's the only way to avoid national bankruptcy, hyperinflation, and soaring taxes and debt. It's the only way to restore freedom, peace, prosperity, and harmony to our land.

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