Thursday, January 14, 2010

This is Insanity

I will save you getting out your calculator. The numbers add up to $1.05 trillion and counting. And, mind you, not of penny of it was budgeted during the Bush years. It was all done by special appropriations, as if the country were Scrooge McDuck with a huge basement of cash reserves.

We have a host of crippling economic evils in this country, more plagues than Yahweh visited upon Pharoh, and we are increasing our commitment to the fruitless conflict in Afghanistan. This is so self-evidently insane to me, that I'm actually almost struck dumb trying to counter those who argue that these horrendous expenditures are necessary. And now we've got serious discussion of widening the wars we're fighting by committing US troops to Pakistan and Yemen*.

"Those whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad."   -- Friedrich Schiller

*It's a small commitment of troops being proposed for the moment, for "training." Do you really trust the Pentagon on something like this?
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