by: George A. Yesthal

What would happen if we just suddenly stopped having anything to do with any foreign country? If we just decided to exist within our own borders and rely on all our own resources. Send no news of our business beyond our borders so that no one, not American, knew what we were up to. Oh if something got out once in a while…no biggie, but basically we’d be totally separatist.

What would be so wrong with that? We COULD do it, you know. Or…how about this? Just trade and interact with only the countries that are our super-good buddies. Think about the money we’d save on war alone, not to mention foreign aid. That’s nearly a trillion annually. We could pay off China and everyone else within ten years minimum and tell them kiss our red, white and blue asses and then poofffff…disappear off the world scene. All we’re doing is getting ourselves in trouble hobnobbing with all these international troublemakers.

Then we close down a whole bunch of federal departments…five that I can think of right off the bat. Energy, Education, Housing and Urban Development, Commerce and Interior. Ron Paul’s picks…not mine, but I totally agree. BANGO! Another 200 billion (or more) dollars annually saved. People worry about all the people put out of work by such a move. Do you know how many REAL dollars would nourish our economy by these drastic moves? We could give people start-up money for small businesses, and I’m talking GIVE…like grants.

For people who have no desire or inclination to start their own business there would be simple marketplace opportunity. With all the money we would save by these measures the job market would swell almost uncontrollably and then, by God we’d be happy for a few million of these hungry, hard working Mexican folks, I can tell you that. With the boom that would take place we’d be shipping them in by the bus-loads.

Okay…let’s figure it out. Gosh this is exciting!

Operations and maintenance $283.3 billion +4.2%
Military Personnel $154.2 billion +5.0%
Procurement $140.1 billion −1.8%
Research, Development, Testing & Evaluation $79.1 billion +1.3%
Military Construction $23.9 billion +19.0%
Family Housing $3.1 billion −20.2%

Total Spending 683.7 billion +3.0% (and that’s based on 2010)

Wahoo! We’d be saving a minimum annually of 683.7 billion bucks on foreign war alone. Okay, let’s add the conservative number of 200 billion from closing down those five superfluous departments. That’s 883.7 billion dollars going back into our economy annually.

Okay…let’s push the envelope and close down the Federal Reserve Bank and privatize banking. Of course, it’s already privatized because the “Federal Bank” is privately owned but it operates under the auspices and hand in hand with (in other words protected) by the federal government. Now this is going to be a fantasy number because no one, including the Fed knows how much they are costing us in corporate buyouts, interest, mega-salaries and the purchase of bad debts that if they don’t pay out get written off and dropped in the laps of the taxpayers, but we’ll say another 200 billion and I’m sure that’s very conservative.

So——-200 billion + 883.7 billion = 1,083.7 trillion bucks being shoveled into our economy every year.

Of course we’d no longer have the pleasure of hundreds of thousands of dead and injured soldiers and the collateral casualties of civilians from war and suicides (suicide rates are actually higher than battle deaths now). Entitlement and unemployment running rampant, inadequate health care and an illegal immigrant problem. I know it would be hard making the social jump from depression to prosperity, but I’m sure with the proper social programs it wouldn’t take too long and we could make the transition less traumatic.

Think about it.


George Yesthal

Brodheadsville, United States

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