[QUOTE=Jet_Engine1;3945362]Just to set where I'm coming from on this. - I consider myself a rational conservative. Non religious, Pro Free Market, could care less about gay rights or what people do in their bedrooms, believe the constitution says what it means and means what it says, and I think we have gone overboard on PC crap.
Some of the "tea party" stuff I think is a bit much, some I agree with...and I can't stand either Nancy Pelosi OR Sarah Palin.
All that being said, I agree with Paul on this one 100%. We have bridges collapsing and roads in disrepair...we have cities laying off Cops and FIrefighters, we have a population of Mentally Ill people roaming the streets (you call them "homeless"), and we're giving BILLIONS to places and nations around the world that celebrate our deaths and our failures.
We pay BILLIONS to places like Egypt and Jordan in BRIBE MONEY to keep them from attacking Israel, and on the other hand we give BILLIONS to Israel to equip and arm them. I thought the Israelis were the tough resilient people who fought off the entire Arab World with 50 year old tanks and a bunch of vintage aircraft. Why do they need OUR money?
We give BILLIONS in aid to that cesspool of corruption and evil that is Africa. We dump BILLIONS into the cesspool of corruption that is Pakistan, our "ally" in the war on Terror.
BILLIONS in dollars BORROWED from China. Are you frakkin' kidding me?
The war in Iraq is over. We won. Time to leave. The war in Afganistan is pointless. Drug cartels took the place of the Taliban. YOu can give the people of that backward region the opportunity for freedom and enlightenment, but if the goatherders would prefer to live in stone age conditions betwee warring factions while subjugating their women and stoning "infidels", well, good for them. Time to go.
Meanwhile, there is a nation a few hundred nautical miles away from our shores that tis teetering on the brink, and without an infusion of aid and order, the ENTIRE population of Haiti will be living in South Florida within the next 5 years.
Time to say no more. Keep the money home, bring the guys home, rest, reorganize, and reequip our Armed Forces, and invest in ourselves.
And while we're at it, lets cut entitlements, go back o the gold standard, and liquidate our "Debt" to China. We'll call it even for bailing them out in the 1940s.[/QUOTE]
WHY do we borrow so much?
Is it due to the free markets ?
This country's entitlements create this deficit. You don't see it in the pie charts, they hide it under terms like defense spending etc... BUT the government waste in this country caused by so many inefficiencies is well above foreign aid.
We spend BILLIONS in areas right here that are not needed or so inefficient. Post office, Department of Energy, Department of Education...ALL are HUGE failures and the leaders call for more spending.:rolleyes:
Wait until we have to bailout the states....... There is NO FREE MARKET in government.