Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The National Debt is 17 trillion And what YOU need to do right now.

   And so ladies and gentlemen the Congressional Circus has finally left town but they’ll be back soon with another theatrical presentation of ‘We only fight for the rights of those who fund our campaigns, we couldn’t care less about the rest of you slobs!”

   That is the reality we’re facing right now.

   And how did things get this out of control? We got caught up in the Washington dog and pony show while the corporate crooks and military industrial complex ransacked the economy, started two unnecessary wars and corrupted Wall Street.

   And just so you know; if you’re a liberal it’s the conservative fault! And if you’re a conservative it’s the liberals fault!

   As a long time Radical Moderate I can understand what both liberals and conservatives want and the reasons they want it. The conservative want a balanced budget, they want this country to stop living beyond its means and stop wasting taxpayer money. They are not a gaggle of Snidely Whiplashes looking to throw grandma and Polly Pureheart out on the street, they want fiscal responsibility.

   I can understand that.

   And the Liberals want to make sure that, while you are working, you are making a wage that can support your family and make it possible to put something aside for retirement. They want a benefit program at retirement age that will provide enough money to get by and health care that won’t ransack their savings.

   I can understand that too.

   Regardless of your political affiliations when Clinton left office we had a balanced budget. Then came 9/11 and everybody lost their minds. From then on it was all downhill.

   The problem was we hadn’t really thought 9/11 through. We declared war on Afghanistan but Ben Laden was a terrorist. He had no army, no navy, no air force, and no nuclear missiles with which he could invade our country.

   What he did have was a diabolical plan. It cost him very little to carry it out and the results were far reaching. While searching for him we spent trillions on the military, on creating Homeland Security, on cyber warfare, on invading Iraq and as a result, nearly bankrupted ourselves and almost brought about a second Great Depression.

   And all that happened while Ben Laden sat in his bedroom in PAKISTAN watching ‘The Price is Right.”

   In the end we sent a Navy SEAL team in and killed him. Didn’t need the new super-duper jets or new aircraft carriers or armored tanks, just a few specially modified helicopters to stop by, double tap and hit the road.

   As a nation we need to stop chanting U-S-A, U-S-A and pointing fingers at the other side. Stop and analyze what got us into this mess and focus on what we need to do to get us out.

   Here’s my suggestions and remember, it’s just that, suggestions.

   Cut military spending in half. The military was created to protect this nation from foreign invaders. That’s it, nothing more. Somehow over the years America’s military became the security guards of corporate interests while pretending to be the world’s policeman.  THIS HAS TO STOP! No one is going to invade us because, as a nation, we have more guns in private hands that we have people. If a foreign invader landed in Manhattan, they’d be wiped out by the time they reached the Bronx.

   If Exxon/Mobil needs their oil fields protected, or Halliburton is worried about their oil leases, let them hire their own military personal to fight bad guys and keep our military out of it. Email the Hessians, it’s been a while and I’m sure they could use the work

   Stop military exercises off the coasts of Korea and China. All it accomplishes is resentment and continued military buildup so let’s stop doing it. Maybe if we stopped showing off our military might by parading our ships in and around everyone else’s backyard we wouldn’t have so many nations hating our guts.
   Keep our navy in and around the United States where they belong.

   And one last thing. Don’t fall for that threatening nonsense that scares people into thinking that by cutting military spending we are leaving our nation defenseless against our enemies. It’s nothing more than propaganda. Large scale wars like WW1 and WW2 can’t happen anymore. (At least not for very long once the nuclear missiles start flying) Enemy troop ships planning a D-Day type invasion would be vaporized by nuclear tipped missiles, large scale air force bombers would suffer the same fate as would all the ten billion dollar each aircraft carriers we continue to build for no apparent reason. The Nazis, Commies and Yellow Menace have marched into history. Russia can’t afford a war, China doesn’t want one and the Arab nations will eventually blow themselves up if we just leave them alone.
   The real war is against the middle class.

   Manufacturing jobs are still being outsourced to the lowest bidder, Customer Service jobs will soon be replaced by smaller versions of WATSON, the IBM computer that won on Jeopardy and the leaps and bounds progress of 3D printers will eliminate assembly lines, building construction and food preparation businesses.

   And if you don’t know what a 3D printer is, you’d better find out because it will have as big an effect on the economy as the introduction of the computer in the 1980’ and 90’s.

   As for what else you need to start preparing for, come back soon and I’ll tell you.