20 June 2011

War. What is it Good For?

Fact-bereft conservatives and intellectually dishonest libertarians consistently hammer on Federally funded programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, Planned Parenthood, NPR, and so on, as the root causes of the deficit in the US government.

Name a program that helps people, and you'll find fact-bereft conservatives relentlessly bashing it. It is rare to hear an honest Republican (or Democrat) point to 3 elective wars as the biggest budget buster.

To his credit libertarian Ron Paul has called out the costs of 3 elective wars, so give the dude credit even though he flips the ninny bit with most of his free-market drivel.

I blame the deficit squarely on elective wars and nation-building:

President Obama could have ended two failed elective wars and costly nation building on day 1 of his presidency, but has failed miserably by pandering to failed conservative doctrine (e.g., Bush-Lite foreign policy) in a feeble attempt to reach consensus with stubborn conservative ideologues.

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