By: George A. Yesthal
There is all this talk now of discretionary spending, the sequester and entitlement. Yes, entitlement has risen steadily since 1992. Why is that? If our economy is such that the job market is crumbling and we are admitting millions of illegals who are competing for the same jobs that are in insufficient supply for the American citizenry to begin with. And so we create an entitlement spending problem which snowballs and only makes things worse and worse.
The pundits are quick to point out that Obama has been very willing to cut discretionary spending. During his presidency, non-defense discretionary spending (spending on all federal agencies but the Pentagon) has gone up only from $468 billion to $514 billion — a 10 percent hike. And defense spending has risen from $544 billion to $605 billion, only an 11 percent increase.
But that is still an increase and it is still money that never comes back. The cost of supporting over 1000 military bases around the globe is astronomical: “there are more than 1,000 US military bases dotting the globe. To be specific, the most accurate count is 1,077. Unless it’s 1,088. Or, if you count differently, 1,169. Or even 1,180. Actually, the number might even be higher. Nobody knows for sure.” And that admission is irresponsible at best and criminal at worst.
Add to that the costs of funding the IRS, DHS, TSA, ATF, DEA, FDA, DOD, EPA, FCC, DOE and the Fed. Reserve Bank, is there any wonder our economy is in the toilet?
When the government, and I mean both the right AND the left, refuses to actually trim any serious fat from big government, of course our workforce and subsequently the economy has to suffer. The Gross Domestic Product of the United States is 14-16 trillion annually, but we make sure we spend as much as we create. If we’d shut down half of our military bases and closed out half of the governmental agencies…problem solved. But no, that’s too much to ask because the dangerous implication will logically be that most government is superfluous and if they admit that the whole country would wake up to the reality that they are simply being fleeced.