By Mark Welker
The real problem with the budget is military spending.
We are currently griping about the sheer size of our government’s budget, and the debt we have accrued over the years. Republicans complain about social programs, and want to cut them to make up the shortfall-when the real problem is, and has always been; the military spending.
We have literally hundreds of bases around the world (well over 750 of our own at last count,
Plus we share bases with other countries, plus we have what are called “lily pads”-
Where we store equipment in case we need it-and there are hundreds of those too.)
In fact, there are very few places in the world where our military doesn’t have equipment
At hand nearby-you can count those places easier than where we do have equipment-
We have so much equipment all over the world, that if we closed all those bases, moved out of the bases we share, and cleaned out the places where that equipment is stored, and packed up and shipped all the equipment back to the US-
I am not sure there is enough room in the military reservations in California and Nevada
To stack, and store it all-and those reservations are so massive in land area, that all together,
They make up more land area than Mass., Conn., and Road Island combined.
That’s how much sheer mass of equipment we have out there around the world.
The fact is-we won the cold war by outspending the soviets in military spending.
And it broke them-and now we are paying the price…..and it will break us, as well.
We obviously need no more equipment built-we have more than will ever be used, yet we spend more on our military every year than half the world combined does.
We have been put in the role of being the world’s policeman-while our own country is declining in its ability to take care of its own people.
And now-they want us to pay for this elephant with our social programs- our health care, our retirement fund, our help to our own people when we need it- our ability to educate for the future-to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure—-and that list goes on.
(The biggest part of this- SS and Medicare, are NOT even part of the budget,
And are not paid from the general fund-they have paid for themselves, historically- and make no difference to deficits……they just want to rob them)
——————This is insane——————!!!!!!!!!
And that is where we as a people have to say: ——
No more spending on the military-not by making cuts on our people.
How much military do we really need?
I’ll tell you what we need…….
We need to end the wars, and the troops to come home. No question about it.
We need to assess what bases we have around the world that we really don’t need,
And close them.
We need to take the personnel we bring back, and transfer them to the corps of engineers- to fix our infrastructure-better than adding to our high unemployment, or another pentagon boondoggle-we have plenty to do here-and money they spend here is investment in our economy.
We need to sell the excess equipment to the UN, or to the friendly countries where it is located, and get back some of the money spent on it-and pay down some of the debt.
How President Obama is handling Libya is a good example of what we need to do in the future-
Get together with the world in the UN, and get them to agree how to handle world problems- to not be afraid to do our part when we are needed–and back what we stand for- but, let the rest of the world take up the slack-we don’t need to do it all.
We can be strong without being the world’s cop-and our society should not go to hell as the price.