Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Price of Empire

Since the end of World War II, the United States has been and continues to be the only super power in the world. Traditionally, that positioning has been based on both our economic and military power. While the old Soviet Union had military power, it never had economic power, which is the reason this Communist state never really achieved super power status. And, we see once again, with the disaster in Japan, that the United States is the only country in the world that can project power any where, any time in the world.

Whether we like it or not, the United States maintains an empire composed of allies that rely on us for their protection and enemies that fear and resent us. It is what it is. And, the question is do we want to maintain our super power status and at what cost. If so, we cannot rely on our military power alone. We must remain the strongest economic power in the world, as well. While China will become the second largest economy in the world in the next ten years, the US economy is still three times that of China's. And, we currently have about 350 million people living in the US, while China has more than 1.2 billion people living in their country; the majority of whom are living in poverty. So while the Chinese government is rich, the majority of the Chinese people are poor and will continue to be poor under the Communist regime for years to come.

The only real threat to our super power status is our growing National Debt and the trillion dollar plus annual deficit spending that continues in Washington. Socialist House of Representatives Minority Leader Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco recently said that the federal budget was not about money, it was about morality. How can we add up morality in a budget. This woman is a moron; plain and simple. Medical marijuana is legal in California and clearly Pelosi must be smoking pot because she is incoherent. In any case, while both the Republicans and the Socialists are guilty of deficit spending, Socialist President Obama and the Socialists in Congress have spent more in his two years in office than any other President in American history. They are bankrupting our country. And if allowed to continue on his path, the 14 Trillion dollar National Debt will grow to 24 Trillion dollars in the next ten years. We can't let that happen, which is an important reason we must make Obama a one term President in 2012.

One way to stop the deficit spending it is to spread the burden of Empire around to those benefiting from our protection and help. The Chinese want stability in the world and they have money. Oil producing countries have money. Some European countries have money. Why not ask them to contribute to a US Defense and Disaster Relief Fund so it is not always the American taxpayer on the hook. Certainly, the Chinese, oil producing countries and the Europeans can pony up $500 Billion, or more a year, to pay for services rendered by the US around the world, rather than having the US borrow this money. There is a price for Empire; but why should we have to pay it all when so many others are the beneficiaries. It is time for some creative ideas to end our deficit spending. This is one of them.

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