Killing Defense Spending

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Slashing defense spending while President Obama puts U.S. troops in harm’s way in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya, is an idea only a leftist could love, but there is a certain logic to it.

That’s because to American liberals and radicals, the purpose of government is forcibly redistribute wealth and dole out “free” goodies, not protect U.S. interests at home and abroad.

So it makes perfect sense to left-wingers to gut the nation’s defenses in order to hand out ever-growing mountains of freebies to a population increasingly dependent on government largess.

Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) openly admitted in 2009 that he wanted to curtail military spending to make room for more social spending. (Quoted from The Nation):

The math is compelling: if we do not make reductions approximating 25 percent of the military budget starting fairly soon, it will be impossible to continue to fund an adequate level of domestic activity even with a repeal of Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy.

Frank, like nearly all congressional Democrats, won’t be satisfied until all Americans bow down to the federal Leviathan, so it’s not too hard to figure out what he means by “an adequate level of domestic activity.”

Incidentally, Frank and others on the Left are most comfortable when U.S. soldiers serve as globetrotting social workers, preferably under the command of the anti-American United Nations. This is probably why so many leftists enthusiastically support President Obama’s ill-defined humanitarian military adventure in Libya.

President Obama, too, shares Frank’s hostility to the idea of soldiers acting like soldiers, so it’s not much of a surprise that he is making the Department of Defense a scapegoat for the nation’s fiscal problems. Obama has demonstrated this hostility in many ways. He explicitly rejects the tenets of the Global War on Terror, which is why his regime provided the now watered-down military project with the odd moniker “Overseas Contingency Operations.”

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  • mrbean

    Liberals and country club RINOs are anti military. Recently, Buckwheat Obabble ignores his Generals and announces a pullout date in Afghanistan while critical combat operations are ongoing, then he announces that open homosexuality is alright in the military and recruiters are instructed to give high priority in recruiting homosexuals and lesbians, and now he wants to cut the military budget in half while China and Russia are rearming and modernizing to the hilt, and the middle east is exploding and destablizing, and Iran is openly supporting terrorists including al Qaeda and the Taliban with IEDs, and he throws Israel under the bus and expects the Arab world not to start something. No hope.

  • koran kid

    Spot on!

  • Vermont Yid

    Social Security is an entitlement only in that I and millions of others are entitled to be paid back for all the $ we've paid in since our first jobs as teenagers. If all the congressional S O B's hadn't been dipping their hands into what was supposed to be a self-funded program, there would be plenty left, and we who are on social security wouldn't be worried about how we're going to get by in our waning years.

  • tagalog

    How did our society get here?

    First, we concluded that a government is put to better use using taxpayer money to fund the needs of the people than it is to keeping itself small and non-intrusive.

    Then, we believed that the principle of "from each according to his ability, to each according to his means" was a workable and laudable goal for government.

    Then, when people with good sense began asking what would happen if the economy tanked and the government could no longer pay for peoples' needs out of the public coffers, we agreed with Keynes that we could just borrow the money.

    Then, we said that a program that was set up to be self-funding, like Social Security, was receiving taxpayer money that could be used right now instead of going into the Trust Fund, so the lawmakers stole it. We knew about it, but we believed them when they told us we were so rich the money would never need to be repaid.

    Then we decided to stop to saving for our own retirements because the government would take care of us.

    Then, we went broke at exactly the wrong time and now we have frightening prospects ahead of us.

  • scum

    Remember, the so-called 'slashing' of the bloated defense budget is the work of the Tea Party. If the 'Left' suggests it, it's quickly discounted, if the Tea Party suggests it, it makes good fiscal sense. Politics makes strange bedfellows. The so-called 'Far Left' didn't agree with the bailout of failing corporations run by Republican billionaires, either.