Of Bake Sales & Barbarians

The next time you hear from politicians or 1%ers that the budget deficit is SO critical, that since there’s such a shortage of money they have no choice but to cut funding for programs that help the poor, working, and middle classes, funding for programs that protect the environment, funding for programs that fix the roads and bridges we all depend on for our safety, funding for education, law enforcement, prisons, etc., we should all respond:


Forget for a moment that the 1% alone is bilking the country of billions and billions of dollars in evaded taxes every year, and consider this obscenity (via Wired):

The most expensive weapons program in U.S. history is about to get a lot pricier.

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, meant to replace nearly every tactical warplane in the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, was already expected to cost $1 trillion dollars for development, production and maintenance over the next 50 years. Now that cost is expected to grow, owing to 13 different design flaws uncovered in the last two months by a hush-hush panel of five Pentagon experts. It could cost up to a billion dollars to fix the flaws on copies of the jet already in production, to say nothing of those yet to come.

Sickening that we prioritize preparing for and fighting wars above taking care of the poor, universal health car, educating our kids, securing retiree benefits, etc. It’s downright barbaric!

The world’s top 7 largest military budgets in 2010:

I mean, come on! Who, exactly, are we afraid of?!

I ask, because we’re constantly told that we have enemies who would like to destroy us and everything we stand for, and yet the next largest military nation, WHOM WE DWARF, is our second largest trade partner, and the other big bad enemy that we hear about most often these days, Iran, spends a meager $7billion annually compared to our whopping $687 billion.

Sadly, I’m reminded of this classic and just how relevant it still is:

5 thoughts on “Of Bake Sales & Barbarians

  1. The Federal government borrows 40% of what it spends. This is not good. Spending has to be cut and since, historically, the government has never been able to take in more than 20% of GDP, spending should be the primary focus. The military industrial complex is a good place to start, but federal domestic spending needs to be put back into its Constitutional confines as well. I do not want big governemt abroad any more than I want it at home.

    1. huntingliberty, first of all, thanks for stopping by Fish & Bicycles, and for sharing your opinion.

      Having taken a look at your blog, it’s almost certain that we strongly disagree on most things economic and political. Unlike a lot of bloggers, I don’t have a desire, nor do I have the time, to debate issues here. My blog is simply a vehicle for my creative self-expression, readers are welcome to ignore me or disagree here in the comments, occasionally I’ll respond one time to such comments, but I will not go any farther than that.

      As for your point, while I will not argue that massive deficits aren’t a problem, calls for spending cuts on social programs and the environment are a red herring attempt to protect the 1% from having to pay their fair share for the good of their country and their fellow countrymen, women, and children. Why these people aren’t labeled as unpatriotic is unfathomable to me.

      Cutting spending, as it’s been proposed, is an utter disgrace given how much our government spends wastes on defense (a point, it seems, we agree on) and how much tax revenue the government fails to collect from corporations and the 1%.

      As I wrote back in Feb. 2011, so-called “austerity measures” are a cruel joke, and not only that, they don’t even work as a means to solve the problems we’re facing. Like the photo in that post suggests, it’s like trying to squeeze blood from a stone.

      Our economy depends on people working and producing and then consuming goods and services with the wages they earn. Unless the government, at a minimum, slashes defense spending, actually collects taxes from the 1%, and invests in creating jobs, the economy will continue to starve to death. Corporations have proven that they can’t be relied upon to create the needed jobs and pay their workers more, despite enjoying massive tax incentives and skyrocketing profits that should easily enable them to do so.

      Finally, it doesn’t make any sense why big business WOULDN’T want the government investing in creating jobs, since the money invested would go mostly straight to them via contracts for all manner of manufacturing and construction projects.

  2. Since we are not here to debate, as you stated, I will just say that economic history does not support the claim that government can run an economy. Once you embrace the idea of liberty, theft by any other name is still theft no matter how many laws you pass. There should be no income tax, on anyone. That is true liberty. Thank you for your thoughtful reply.

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