I see things differently with each passing day because I have hope in my heart that more and more Americans are waking up to the reality that we need to put an end to wasteful government spending. I have seen more and more signs of this awakening and people regardless of previous party affiliation are silent no more about their displeasure with Washington's wasteful ways. I could not be happier with the Gov. of NJ as he is dealing it straight with no sugar on top. He has put a budget in place that cuts a lot of programs because his state can't afford them. This seems pretty logical and the only solution to our current financial crisis of mounting national debt. Stop spending money you don't have, cut programs that you can afford, and cut back the programs you need but still can't afford.
This is not rocket science and I know that there are those who oppose any cuts in military spending, but lets get real. Can we afford to keep out spending the entire world combined? Yeah it is nice to be the biggest and the baddest, but it all comes at a price which we currently can't afford and I would say that we never really could. You don't buy a Benz when all you can afford is a Honda. The Honda is a good reliable and affordable car, the AMG Benz is a very expensive to buy, insure, and maintain. We need the ability to protect ourselves, but we don't need to be the world's policeman. Other counties need to start pulling their own weight and paying for their own defense. The Pax Americana is a wonderful thing for everyone except for the American Tax Payer and their child (grandchildren too). I love peace and much as the next guy, but we don't have the money to buy it for everyone in the world.
I would love to buy the world a Coke and a smile, but I don't have 6 billion in the bank to pay for it. The same principle applies to our government/military. We are going to have to accept that some people are going to be poor and some are going to kill each other regardless of what we do. This is a proven fact as we see in Africa and the Middle East. When the people of sick of the crap they will fix it, see Israel for example. They had a problem and they walled it off. For those who wish harm to our nation, as we cut back we are going to be less accurate with our killing, so if you mess with the bull you are going to get the horns and there is going to be significant collateral damage. I know the innocent suffer, but who are these innocents that sell their little girls to dirty old men or force their youngest and brightest to blow themselves up.
I am an isolationist because we don't have the money to be anything else and still provide for the national defense. If we spread our forces all over the globe we either spread them too thin or bankrupt the nation. The military is only a very small part of the much bigger problem of the government give away. We should assist people to not be in out on the street, but do we really need to support all those snowbirds that have two houses and an RV? I think Social Security and Medicare were great ideas, but they have never kept up with the times. The benefits should be there to keep a roof over some one's head not to fund a fun filled 30+ year retirement. I don't hate old people, but damn how much is enough?
I would like to hear what you think. I am encouraged by how many people are waking up to the new reality, but we are going to have to touch some third rails to actually fix things. I hope the people we elect in November realize this and have the stones to do what needs to be done. It will believe it when I see it because the most important thing to a politician is re-election, so most refuse to do the necessary heavy lifting and make the tough decisions. God Help Us All!