To the editor:
This letter is for Pres. B.H. Obama, VP Joe Biden, Rep. John Boehner, Sen. Happy Reid, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Rep. Paul Ryan, Sen. Rand Paul, Rep. Michelle Bachmann, Sen. Bill Nelson, Sen. Marco Rubio, & Rep. Eric Cantor
For your review and consideration I have attached three documents. One displays a graph of our national debt by president, another a tabulation of the debt and interest by presidential term, as a percent of GDP, and the last total spending in recent years budget submissions from 1996 thru 2012. In 1996 W. Clinton submitted a $1.6 trillion budget and in 2012, BH Obama submitted a $3.8 trillion budget. An increase of $2.1 trillion in a mere 16 years. An increase in excess of 200 percent. This increase is nothing short of idiotic.
The most favored ploy of you political leaders today is to place the blame of our growing deficits and national debt, (which is growing at the rate of $45,000 per second, 24/7/365), on the ever-increasing rate of growth of our domestic social programs. This is not a mere exaggeration, it is a bold faced lie!!!
The real culprit is our Congressional-Military-Industrial-Complex. According to a report by the Future of Freedom Foundation, the USA is maintaining and staffing 1,000 plus U.S. military bases spread around the globe in some 177 countries, some of which have existed since the 1940s, the end of WW 2. Furthermore, they state, the Congressional-Military- Industrial-Complex has erected an empire unsurpassed in history in its breadth and scope, one dedicated to conducting perpetual warfare throughout the globe. A very serious indictment.
Unfortunately, the American taxpayers have been inculcated with a false and misplaced sense of patriotism. Any mention of cutting the massive defense budget is immediately met with outrage. The only "winners" of any war, past and present, are the arms manufacturers. Everyone else loses, especially the U.S. taxpayers. You guys have sold out to the lobbyists, trading tax dollars for reelection contributions. This waste of treasure is long overdue to be terminated if the USA is to survive as a democracy. If this fails to occur, the USA will face financial or even political collapse at home. Two other well-known empires, the British and Roman empires were both resolved in different ways. The Roman Empire attempted to keep its total empire and lost its democracy. Great Britain chose to remain democratic and in the process, let go of its empire. Will our eventual transition ahead be gradual and peaceful or abrupt and catastrophic? Unfortunately, you "leaders" in D.C. will make that determination. I suspect we will have the latter. Like most Americans, I have lost confidence in our government.
In closing, I would take great pleasure in knowing each of you read and seriously consider the statement of General, and president, Dwight D. Eisenhower. In a speech he made on April 16, 1953, a mere three months after being sworn as President, he said:
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron."
R. E. Workman