Monday, July 11, 2011
Graph of the Week
This is really horrible. Cut federal spending; cut the budget (if we had a budget to cut). We need to get rid of DEA, FNMA, FHMC, Departments of Education, Energy, Agriculture, Homeland Security, Health and Human Resources, Housing and Urban Development, Labor and the Interior. Downsize everything else but the military. Do the inevitable with Social Security, which is raise the retirement age several years and means test. Stop this madness before things really go bad, like in the Wiemar.
Labels: Federal Deficits Since Reagan
And I was referring specifically to the cases in which soldiers were murdering civilians and making it look like accidents. You remember that, right? And they mentioned that this wasn't an isolated incident, so that's also a valid point about the reality of the situation in those countries.
And you say we're getting out of Iraq and Afghanistan, but politicians have been saying that for five years. The number of troops still in Afghanistan, even after Obama keeps his promise of withdrawing that surge, is still more than the number of troops there before he even took office. And just because we'd have a bloated defense bill without three wars being fought still doesn't mean that we should.
And if you want to lecture me about proper rhetorical technique, you probably shouldn't use a lame ass emotional appeal, and misdirection. It's still possible to have prevent as much innocent civilian deaths as we are doing so now and scale back the military in proportion with every other government program you want to cut.
My point, without yelling epithets, is that I think it's hypocritical to say that the country is in terrible financial straits, but we can still be the militaristic superpower of yesteryear. I think the future of defense should lie not in amassing ships/tanks/planes/soldiers but in efficient intelligence gathering with proportional responses.