" War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small 'inside' group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.
I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914.
I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in.
I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street.
I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912.
I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interest in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents."
With military spending effectively untouchable, the insignificance of the "historic deal" can be put into perspective by downsizing the astronomical and incomprehensible federal budget to a commensurate household budget. By removing eight zeros from the trillions, the federal figures were now easily understood as a budget for the mythical average American family...the Jones's.
Exhibit A: The US Government Budget
Federal Budget: $3,820,000,000,000 (3.82 Trillion)
Income: $2,170,000,000,000 (2.17 Trillion)
New Debt: $1,650,000,000,000 (1.65 Trillion)
Amount Cut: $38,500,000,000 (38.5 Billion) –
about 1% of the total budget.
National Debt Total: $14,271,000,000,000
before this year’s budget.
Exhibit B: The Jones’s Family Budget
Amount of money the Jones’s family spent this year: $38,200
Total income for the Jones’s family this year: $21,700
Amount of new debt added to their credit card this year: $16,500
Outstanding balance on their credit card: $142,710
New outstanding balance on credit card: $159,210
Source: Trends Journal Fall 2011
President Obama promised to end the War Racket. Has he? Let me ask you, is BLOOD thicker than water?
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So you ask, what are my thoughts on this. Well, I do know how families work. If you are a member of my family, depending on which side of the political spectrum your on, you will get my undivided support. Of course that means in plain simple english, my pocket book.
The biggest expense of the Federal Government is the Military. The Democrats claim they want to cut military spending but never do. The Republicans say we need a strong military to protect us.
My question is, are we safer today than we were 60 years ago? How about 50 years ago? 30 years ago? 10 years ago? It seems to me that the more money we spend on Military, the less safe we are.
Now I know that I'm just a simple little house wife, but even I can see that the more we promote global governance, the less safe this country is.
Here's an example to consider. I took my 83 year old mother grocery shopping. When we were at the check out I made a comment to the check out clerk about all the self check out lanes at Meijer. I told her we were helping to protect her job by coming to her lane. That's when she informed us that she really didn't care because she was only going to be there for another couple of weeks.
You see, she joined the Navy. This young lady informed us of how hard it was for her and her husband to afford her college education, child care, and talked about all the student loan debt. On the other hand, she could enlist in the Navy, have her education paid for by TAXPAYERS, child care PAID FOR BY TAXPAYERS, health insurance paid for by TAXPAYERS, housing paid for by TAXPAYERS, and her life would be good.
What I didn't hear was; I want to serve to protect my country.
This young lady went on to explain that her husband has a bad knee so he can't go in. So it's up to her to enlist to get all the benefits that the military has to offer along with the generous singing bonus.
So here's what I have come to conclude.
Democrats offer a free ride to minority groups by way of welfare, Republicans offer a free ride to the more educated by way of military service. Either way, it's a great big burden to the TAXPAYER which is shrinking in todays FREE SOCIETY.
Neither group gives a damn about the Constitution, Bill of Rights, or anything else this country used to stand for. It's all about benefits and who gets what.