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Monumental, Unrestrained Military Spending is Crippling America

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Want to know why this country can't create jobs, why unemployment is rampant, why our education system is deteriorating, our economy is lifeless, and we have a national debt of $17.3 trillion? It's because funds that should be used to stabilize and rebuild this nation's foundations are being directed, instead, to the massive, military establishment and empire of bases across the world.

Here's my modern-day adaptation of what President Eisenhower said as he left the presidency in 1953: for each billion dollars that this government spends on excessive weaponry and on maintaining the military empire, that is a billion dollars that cannot be spent on this nation's critically important domestic needs; from restoring our manufacturing sector and creating new jobs to improvements in our education systems and funding important social programs, including facilities for mental health problems.

America needs a strong military, but not a giant monolith spanning the world. It needs a force to defend America from any nation or terrorists who pose a direct, imminent threat to this country but not an overly aggressive military force whose intent is to dominate the world.

The power that the U.S. military establishment holds over America is pervasive and very troubling. The degree to which military matters dominate this country's priorities and direction is staggering. As it sucks the wealth out of this nation, it stifles creativity, it suffocates innovation, both of which once made this country exceptional.

Eisenhower predicted almost exactly what is happening in America today. But, though he had a vision of the future, in no way could he have predicted that the following disturbing scenario is being played out in recent times:

America winds down its manufacturing sector, ships its production and jobs to China which uses them to expand its workforce, grow its economy, generate massive profits from these endeavors, and then invests multi-billions in U.S. securities.

 

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The U.S. government takes the proceeds from these Chinese investments and spends them on a massive military empire. The Chinese government knows that America, instead of using these funds to strengthen its foundations, creating new jobs, reducing debt and funding critically important domestic needs, will use them as fuel for the engines of war.

 

And the Chinese leaders know that America, by this foolhardy agenda, is continuing to materially weaken itself and that it won't be long before its financial House of Cards begins to collapse. Very clever, those Chinese. Their plan to weaken America is not the least bit complicated and it's working to perfection.

 

Now, wouldn't it be reasonable to think that this president and the key members of Congress would be totally cognizant of that very scenario just portrayed; that they should be fully aware of China's plan and the strategy behind it? Could they be so blinded and shallow-minded not to understand what China's intentions are?

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Can't these governmental leaders perform basic math? All they need to do is to add up the annual revenues that this government receives from all sources, calculate total spending from all areas, being sure to include all aspects of military spending and all the proceeds from foreign investments, aka loans, (the lion's share from China) and calculate the result.

Then let them take that same calculation and result, remove that portion of revenue that comes from Chinese investments and then see what they get. They can easily determine that the great shortfall in revenues vs. spending can be directly attributed to the grossly excessive military spending. And, if they could come out of their political fog they just might think about what's going to happen not if, but when, China decides to pull the plug on their investments.

Here's an article that shows "The True Costs of Empire" and shows the enormous cost of maintaining these bases and the extent of waste of taxpayer funds. Experts on military matters have concluded that this nation spends as much as $1.2 trillion annually on maintaining our military.

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