Why in the world, when our country is suffering economic chaos with out-of-control deficit spending and whopping increases in the national debt, are we spending more on defense than all of the rest of the world’s nations combined? We spend 5 times more than China, and ten times more than Russia.
Well, we’ve been fighting two wars for more than 8 years. And even though the 2011 defense budget comes in at $549 billion, Congress is on the verge of adding another $159 billion for those wars. You’d think $549 billion would be enough. And maybe it would if, for one thing, Congress would stop funding things the defense department doesn’t really need, things that Defense Secretary Robert Gates is not even asking for. However, those things are being asked for by defense contractors who pour a lot of money into campaign coffers.
Florida Rep. Alan Grayson has introduced a bill to kill the $159 billion request and use that money to end income taxes on the first $35 thousand for individuals and $70 thousand for couples, and use the rest, $15 billion, to reduce the deficit. In a news release Friday he said, “What George Orwell wrote about in 1984 has come true. What Eisenhower warned us about concerning the ‘military-industrial complex’ has come true. War is a permanent feature of our societal landscape, so much so that no one notices it anymore.
“But we’re going to change this. Today, we’re introducing a bill called ‘The War Is Making You Poor Act’. The purpose of this bill is to connect the dots, and to show people in a real and concrete way the cost of these endless wars.”
Guess we all need to pay attention to what Congress does this week. If fact, we ought to pay attention to what it does every week.