In a time of so much misinformation and disingenuous political banter, the need to look at historical statistics and facts becomes more urgent. The raising of the curtain in Washington depicts a seizing of power by fiscal evangelicals—those who have developed a zealous “born again” demeanor now aimed at reducing the size and scope of government. This is the same group of ardent supporters who have previously embraced endless preemptive wars and deficit-splitting military adventurism, all with absolutely no concern for the credit card which they gripped in their sweaty palms.
Now these individuals have attempted to put their rhetorical bents in the direction of “cutting government”, and have entangled themselves in their own rhetorical booby-trap. They decry, as they see it, big government; but not one that any respectable institutional analyst would call attention to, whatever his ideological sway. Instead, they focus solely on entitlements and social programs, attempting to make the case that this is where the majority of money goes, a claim pummeled by many in the debt-ceiling and deficit negotiations. Notorious fiscal evangelicals, such as Lindsey Graham, John McCain, and Joe Lieberman, have been quite vocal in criticizing big government, but they consider any penny cut from the military as a detriment to national security.
Let us check those claims.
Here is a pie chart depicting spending by the Federal government:
As is easily made recognizable, the greatest single benefactor is the pseudo-category of “Defense”, where the Federal government allocated $985,000,000,000 just last year. While those numbers are digested, an ounce of truth should also be administered: “defense” is a complete misnomer, a point supported by the history of nomenclature alone.
Before 1947, this Federal Department was plainly called the Department of War, which more accurately describes its functions. As happenstance would have it, 1947 seemed to require a change of name for the federal department dedicated to murdering individuals who follow different color flags under different national anthems. This was the beginning of the era of endless wars, with the Cold War lurking in the background while Americans were sent to die in the battlefields of Korea, Vietnam, Panama, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Iraq, and much more. Before the subtle name change, the executive cabinet member in charge of organizing the military was the Secretary of War, and all who served under him worked under this seal:
It is a fact long lost to the history books, but it provides today’s American citizens the perspective in recognizing that a full 25% of their national budget is dedicated to issues of War rather than Peace (Rep. Dennis Kucinich has introduced legislation multiple times to create a Department of Peace). One fourth of all money sent to the Federal government is dipped and dabbed in the blood of millions of nameless, faceless human beings across the world.
Therefore, while fiscal evangelicals rule the narrative in places like Washington D.C., despite their complete ignorance of debt and deficit matters in the years before, do not believe nor trust those who decry “big government” but cling to the trough of a Department of War. These are the people who have allowed the United States of America to become the face of tyrannical invasion across the globe, all while pillaging the pockets of peace-meaning, everyday Americans for the benefit of those in the military-industrial complex.
It must be stated that war and aggression are what is unilaterally funded by 25% of all Federal money. This continues to benefit the war contractors who hold cozy government ties at the detriment of millions of defenseless civilians who feel the brunt of the bullets and bombs engraved with the image of Uncle Sam. It is not the pitfalls of medicare, medicaid, or Social Security which have sucked dry the resources of the once-great United States of America, but rather the incessant and disillusioned need to create the biggest military empire world history has ever known. In the age of bringing government programs to the guillotine, state-subsidized killing must take precedence over distributive health programs.
Remember that in conversation with your fiscal evangelical friends.