Worried about the deficit? Look at the defense budget

September 16, 2010

Now that the primary election is over, it is incredible how few voters and politicians failed to make any connection between the $700 billion we spend every year on defense and the government deficits and financial crisis the U.S. is facing. The Bush administration added nearly $5 trillion in costs for wars which directly went into unpaid U.S. debt. Since 2001, military spending has doubled, and even then it was already more than any other country's. Now it is more than the rest of the world combined.

Yet to listen to politicians, they decry the deficits but fail to identify the source. War is very expensive, but they refuse to cut military spending. They use the convenient lie, "support the troops" when if peacemaking were pursued, the troops would be safer. Instead, Republicans want to extend the tax cuts for the rich, which will cost additional unpaid trillions, while Democrats talk about increasing jobs programs without any money to fund them. Nearly everyone in the federal government is acting irresponsibly.

The recent election also showed the voters did not want to hold their representatives in Congress accountable for this mess. Nearly everyone remains in denial while the nation's finances are being driven over the cliff. Matters will have to get worse, unfortunately, before enough people will be forced to change this pattern.

Christopher Boardman

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