A pity on the nation: war spending goes bankrupt in America • Swing Update

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Written by John Whitehead via the Rutherford Institute,

"Pity the nation whose people is the sheep

And whose shepherds mislead them

Pity the nation whose leaders are liars

Whose wise men are silenced

And whose bigots haunt the waves

Pity the nation that does not raise his voice

Except to praise the conquerors

And cheer the bully as a hero

And aims to rule the world

By force and by torture …

Pity the nation oh pity of the people

that allow their rights to erode

and let their liberties be swept away … "

– Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet

War expenses put America out of business.

Our country is prey to a military-industrial complex supported by war profiteers, corrupt politicians and foreign governments.

America has a lot to offer – creativity, ingenuity, vast natural resources, a rich heritage, a wonderfully diverse population, a foundation for unparalleled freedom in the world, and a wealth of opportunities – yet our birthright is sold under our feet, so Power-hungry politicians, greedy military contractors and bloodthirsty war-hawks can make big profits at our expense.

Do not believe that your hard earned taxes are used for national security and urgent military needs.

Everything is a trick.

Do you know what is happening with the taxes that remain at the end of the government's fiscal year? Government agencies, including the Ministry of Defense, are embarking on a spending spree "to use or lose" in order to justify asking for money in the next fiscal year.

We are not talking about radical change, either.

We are talking about $ 97 billion worth of unnecessary expenditures.

According to an Open the Government survey report, among the items purchased in the last month of the fiscal year when government agencies made every effort to get rid of these funds "use- or lose it ": Wexford Leather club president ($ 9,241), china dinnerware ($ 53,004), alcohol ($ 308,994), golf carts ($ 673,471), musical equipment, including pianos, tubas and paper clips (1.7 million), lobster tail and crab (4.6 million), iPhones and iPads (7.7 million), and workout equipment recreation ($ 9.8 million) .

That's to drain the swamp.

Anyone who suggests that military needs more The money is neither criminal nor corrupt, because the military does not suffer from a lack of funding, but from a lack of adequate supervision.

Where President Trump fits in this scenario, you decide.

Trump could prove to be, as policy analyst Stan Collender warned, "the biggest president of all time in terms of rising deficit and debt."

Rest assured, however, that if Trump succeeds – with a $ 4.7 trillion budget that digs the country deeper into debt to foreign creditors, adds $ 750 billion to the military budget and doubles the growth of the Debt that Trump had promised to erase – war profiteers (and foreign banks that "hold" our debt) will earn a fortune while America deflates.

It's a basic calculation, and the numbers do not add up.

In the current state of affairs, the US government operates negatively on all fronts: it spends much more than it earns (and draws from US taxpayers) and borrows heavily (from foreign governments and Social Security) to keep the government operating and continuing to fund its endless wars abroad.

Certainly, nothing in the way the government budgets its funds puts America's needs at the forefront.

The educational system of the country is pathetic (young people do not learn anything about their liberties or their government). The infrastructure is obsolete and increasingly obsolete. The health system is too expensive and inaccessible to those who need it most. The supposedly robust economy is belied by the daily reports that companies are closing windows and declaring bankruptcy. And our so-called representative government is a sham.

If it's a formula for America to become big again, it does not work.

The White House wants taxpayers to accept the fact that the only way to reduce the country's stock market deficit is to remove "right" programs such as social security and health insurance. Yet the blatant economic truth is that it is ultimately the military-industrial complex – not the sick, the elderly or the poor – that pushes America to bankruptcy .

We have become a debtor country, and the government is putting us in debt every day, allowing the military-industrial complex to take the lead.

In simple terms, the government can not afford to maintain its oversized military empire.

"Money is the new 800-pound gorilla," noted a senior administration official involved in Afghanistan. "This puts the debate on" Does the strategy work? "To" Can we afford that? "And when you see it that way, the scope of the mission we have now is much, much less defensible." Or as a commentator noted: "We must not confuse the future of our country with its defense."

To be clear, the defense spending of the US government is only one thing and one thing: to establish and maintain a world military empire.

Although the United States accounts for only 5% of the world's population, the United States accounts for nearly 50% of total global military spending, spending more on the military than the 19 largest countries spending together.

In fact, the Pentagon spends more on war than the 50 states combined for health, education, well-being and security.

The US military-industrial complex has built an empire unparalleled in history by its scale and scope, dedicated to perpetual warfare all over the world.

Since 2001, the US government has spent more than $ 4.7 billion to wage its endless wars.

Co-opted by eager defense contractors, corrupt politicians and incompetent officials, America's expanding military empire bleeds the country at a rate of over $ 32 million per hour.

In fact, the US government has spent more than once a second in Iraq every five seconds the average American in a year.

It also results in the cost of maintaining and staffing the more than 1,000 United States military bases around the world and maintaining order in the world with 1.3 million US troops deployed in the United States. 177 countries (more than 70% of the world's countries).

Future wars and military exercises around the world are expected to raise the total bill by $ 12 trillion by 2053.

The US government spends money it does not have for a military empire it can not afford.

As investigative journalist Uri Friedman says, for more than 15 years, the United States has been fighting terrorism with a credit card, "essentially financing the wars with debt, in the form of credit card purchases. US Treasury bonds by US entities such as pension funds, state governments and local governments, as well as by countries like China and Japan ".

The war is not cheap, but it becomes excessively expensive when you take into account the government's incompetence, fraud and greedy entrepreneurs.

As The nation reports:

For decades, DoD executives and accountants perpetrated gigantic and unconstitutional accounting fraud, deliberately brewing the books in place to deceive the Congress and push up DoD budgets, no matter what the military needs. The DoD literally invented figures in its annual congressional financial reports – representing seemingly non-existent transactions worth billions of dollars – knowing that Congress would rely on these misleading reports to decide how much to donate to the DoD the following year.

For example, a leading accounting firm has concluded that one of the Pentagon's largest agencies "can not count for hundreds of millions of dollars in expenditures."

Unfortunately, the outlook is not better for the expenses that can be tracked.

A government audit revealed that the Boeing defense subcontractor was overcharging taxpayers for mundane pieces, resulting in excessive spending of tens of millions of dollars. As stated in the report, the US taxpayer paid:

$ 71 for a metal pin that should cost only 4 cents; $ 644.75 for a small gear less than one penny sold for $ 12.51: a price increase above 5 100%. $ 1,678.61 for another tiny part, also smaller than a penny, that could have been purchased within the DoD for $ 7.71: an increase of 21,000%. US $ 71.01 for a thin, straight metal pin that the DoD had on hand, not used by tens of thousands, for 4 cents: an increase of more than 177,000%.

The fact that price gouging has become a form of accepted corruption within the US military empire is a sad statement about the little control our fleeing people control over their fleeing government.

Note that this is not just a corrupt behavior. It's a deadly behavior, downright immoral.

The US government does not make the world safer. It makes the world more dangerous. It is estimated that the US Army is laying a bomb somewhere in the world every 12 minutes. Since September 11, the United States government has directly contributed to the deaths of about 500,000 people. Each of these deaths was paid with taxpayers' funds.

The US government does not make America safer. It exposes US citizens to alarming levels of "backback", a term used by the CIA to refer to the unintended consequences of the US government's international activities. Chalmers Johnson, a former CIA consultant, has warned repeatedly that the US's use of its military forces to gain power over the global economy would lead to devastating setbacks.

Those who silence the government – those who defend the agenda of the military industrial complex – those who murder by dragging the United States into foreign wars – have not listened to Johnson's warning.

US government does not make US citizens safer. The repercussions of the US military empire have been deadly, not only for the innocent men, women and children killed by drone strikes abroad, but also for those here in the United States.

The attacks of September 11th were a step backwards. The bombing of the Boston Marathon was a step backwards. The bomber attempt at Times Square was a flashback. The firer of Fort Hood, a commander of the US military, was the victim of a backlash.

The transformation of America into a battlefield is a step backwards.

All this carnage is done with the full support of the American people, or at least with the power of attorney, which is our taxpayers' money.

The government is destabilizing the economy, destroying the national infrastructure through negligence and lack of resources, and turning the taxpayer's money into blood money with its endless wars, drone strikes and balance sheet. more and more deadly.

As Martin Luther King Jr. recognized, under a military empire, war and its profiteers will always prevail over the basic human needs of the people.

Similarly, President Dwight Eisenhower warned us not to let the for-profit war machine endanger our freedoms or democratic processes.

"Every manufactured weapon, every warship launched, every rocket fired, means, in the ultimate sense, a flight of those who are hungry and who are not fed, of those who are cold and who are not clothed. This world in arms does not spend money alone. He spends the sweat of his workers, the genius of his scientists, the hopes of his children. The cost of a modern heavy bomber is as follows: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. These are two power plants each serving a city of 60,000 inhabitants. This is two fully equipped hospitals. It is about fifty kilometers of concrete pavement. We pay for a fighter with half a million bushels of wheat. We pay a single destroyer with new homes that can accommodate more than 8,000 people. This is, I repeat, the best way of life on the road that the world has traveled. This is not at all a way of life, in the true sense of the word. Under the cloud of a menacing war, it is humanity hanging on an iron cross. […] Can not the world live differently?

We did not consider Eisenhower's warning.

The illegal merger of the arms industry and the government that Eisenhower had warned of has become today the biggest threat to the country.

It's not sustainable, of course.

Finally, inevitably, military empires fall and fail by dispersing too much and spending themselves to death.

It has arrived in Rome. This is still happening.

The US empire is already collapsing.

We are already witnessing a collapse of society on virtually every front and the government is ready.

For years, the government has been working with the armed forces to prepare for widespread civil unrest caused by "an economic meltdown, the loss of the prevailing political and legal order, voluntary resistance or insurgency, widespread public health emergencies and catastrophic natural and man-made disasters. "

For years, the government has warned of the dangers of national terrorism, puts in place surveillance systems to monitor its own citizens, creates classification systems to qualify any viewpoint that challenges the status quo as a extremist, and trains the police to the government perceives it as a national terrorist.

We are approaching critical mass.

As long as "we, the people" continue to allow the government to wage costly, meaningless and endless wars, the American homeland will continue to suffer: our roads will collapse, our bridges will fail, our schools will fall to ruin, Drinking water will become undrinkable, our communities will be destabilized, our economy will be threatened, crime will increase and our freedoms will suffer.

So who will save us?

As I say in my book, Battlefield America: The war against the American peoplewe better save ourselves: one by one, neighbor by neighbor, thanks to the efforts of the grassroots, by opposing the police state where it matters most, in our communities in the first place, and Holding us firmly to what binds us do not let the politics and other non-reality fabricated tear us apart.

Start today. Start now. Do your part.

In the literal and the figurative sense, responsibility begins and ends with "we, the people".