Why Does Liberal Rag Salon.com Hate Our Soldiers? Because They Take Money From Welfare Spending

On this Memorial Day, the anti-American cretins at Salon.com have proclaimed our soldiers to be “dangerous” to the nation. Why? Because spending money on our military takes money away from welfare budgets. And they are serious.

Before we even get to the stupidity in this Salon.com article, we should note that spending on the military is one of the few federal expenditures that is actually written right into the U.S. Constitution.

Welfare spending isn’t in the Constitution. Spending on the environment isn’t there. No money is specified for roads, internal improvements, or education. Neither is spending on “disaster aid.” But spending on the military is in there.

In fact, little of the spending that goes on in Washington is actually directly Constitutional. By contrast spending on the military is one of the few things that the founders made sure to provide.

But let’s give these anti-American socialists at Salon their say. Here is their argument for why “The U.S. military is a national security threat.”

The American military budget is massive.

At $610 billion, it dwarfs the combined military budgets of China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, France, the UK, India and Germany (see chart below). Put another way, one third of all military spending the world comes from the United States. The problem is, however, that the American military budget may be crowding out other crucial investment

As the era of American hegemony winds down, it’s more important than ever for America to be able to demonstrate soft power. That means first, an American model that works, for other countries to emulate. But further, it means a highly educated population, long-term investment in infrastructure, adequate healthcare, an society based, above all else, on opportunity. However, it’s likely that the military budget precludes these important services.

The most important cost of our bloated military budget is investment in other important government functions. As the chart below from CBO shows, defense spending has historically consumed more than half of the entire U.S. government discretionary budget (spending on veterans eats up mandatory spending as well). In 2014, discretionary defense spending was double Medicaid spending, and about equal to Medicare spending.

Given that the U.S. is already a relatively low-spending country, the military only further diminishes our meager safety net.

Again, unlike our military budget, notice that our “meager safety net” is not Constitutionally mandated spending.

Further, what sort of “safety net” can we have if we can’t even prevent enemies from destroying the country? One might think that the first thread in any “safety net” is the ability to protect our country militarily!

But that isn’t how the anti-American fools at Salon.com see it. They feel that government is our mommy and daddy and a good liberal mommy and daddy would never let their children play army.

Just one more example of why the only feeling a true American should be able to muster for liberalism is contempt.

But when all is said and done, even their premise is a lie. Contrary to the lies promulgated by the left, the military is not the biggest spending item. Defense spending is only about 18 percent of the federal budget while fully 70 percent of the budget is used for Social Security, Medicare, and the other “safety net” items.

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  • Commander_Chico

    The amount of waste, fraud and abuse in the military is huge – billions given to corrupt Gulf Arab and Pakistani subcontractors for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who turn around and give it to ISIS and the Taliban. Also boondoggles like “missile defense.”

    The military that the Founders envisioned was a militia to be recalled in time of national threat and a Navy to protect freedom of commerce.

    They would be horrified to see large, futile campaigns in Southwest Asia and American “missile defense” bases in Turkey and Romania costing trillions.

    The bottom line is that money saved through lower taxes and spent in America is money that benefits all Americans through the multiplier effect.

    • LiberalNightmare

      Say, where did all that stimulus money for Baltimore go?

      • Commander_Chico

        You can look it up here,

        http://tinyurl.com/kqayq56

        Try doing that for the Iraq or Afghanistan war. At least it went to Americans.

        • Constitution First

          Solders aren’t Americans?
          According to the Constitution, the main function of the Federal Government, is defense, second, regulate commerce between states. Nothing about welfare and handouts, dependency and slavery.
          Fiddle Chico, fiddle. The country is burning fast.

          • Commander_Chico

            Less than a quarter of the DOD budget goes for personnel. “Operations and Maintenance” much of which is spent overseas is almost half.

          • jim_m

            Chico is agaiunnst spending money to maintain a military presence ocverseas. He would much rather it be spent to keep the military at home where it can suppress the local population.

            Chico seems to miss the part that if you have military operations overseas you are going to spend money on resources local to those units.

          • Commander_Chico

            You seem to miss the point that we have way too many operations overseas.

          • You fail to understand that our vital interests are not confined within our borders.

          • I’d much rather do what fighting we must on someone else’s dirt.

          • jim_m

            Chico wants the fighting done on our land so American citizens are dying. That way he can feel that the American public has some skin in the game.

          • It certainly appears so based on its comment record here.

          • Drawn from DoD, commanded/managed and budgeted separately.

        • LiberalNightmare

          So corruption is OK, if it goes to the right people? Sounds like a Hillary voter to me.

  • Constitution First

    Every empire collapses with the raiding of it’s treasury for hand-outs.
    That raiding of it’s treasury is always assuaged by Bread and Circus.
    That process typically averages between 200-250 years.
    Questions?

    • Commander_Chico

      Every empire collapses by becoming an empire. Try being a republic.

      • jim_m

        Chico, incapable of understandfing metaphor.

    • Brucehenry

      Chico is correct, and you are mistaken. Every empire collapses of its own weight through overstretch, and it typically takes much less than 200 years.

      http://www.amazon.com/The-Rise-Fall-Great-Powers/dp/0679720197

      • jim_m

        Another leftist incapable of understanding metaphor.

        You know for people who claim to be all about the nuance thy seem to be particularly fixated on wooden, literal interpretations.

        • Brucehenry

          It’s not a metaphor, it’s a claim of fact. He says empires crumble because of handouts — bread and circuses. Seen the claim a million times.

          Fact is that empires crumble because of what Prof Paul Kennedy called “imperial overstretch.” They didn’t bankrupt their treasuries with handouts. They bankrupted their treasuries by expanding beyond the power of their economies to support their military ambitions. At least in modern times.

          From the Ottomans to the Habsburgs to the French under both Louis XVI and later Napoleon to the British Empire to the Nazis and the Soviets, the story is roughly the same. The US is on the brink. Warmongers like you will hasten its demise.

          Here’s a link that summarizes the book to which I linked:

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rise_and_Fall_of_the_Great_Powers

        • Commander_Chico

          Read Paul Kennedy as Bruce says.

    • Bread and Circuses…

  • WHO’S THE BUSTER

    “Defense spending” us much higher when one considers legacy costs. Consider the expenditures for medical care and benefits for veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq.
    Also remember that it is, very often, corporate welfare. When the Army says, “No more tanks”, which they never say, you know that it is nothing but a jobs program. This is why the defense contractors employ a definitive strategy when they choose locations for factories. Yup, we are building brand new tanks to park next to the other unused tanks in the desert. Oh well, I guess we are well-prepared for the next great tank war.
    Do other countries spend trillions on capricious wars like Iraq? Seems like those trillions could be better spent at home. I was just in Europe and have to admit that driving on smooth roads between rides on fast and convenient trains makes me wonder when we will “get on board”.

  • John Stigall

    Paid to whine and lie. It’s a sad way to make a living.