2011-07-15 / Editorial/Opinion

Bring Them Home And Put Everybody To Work

There is a way to cut spending and ensure a job for every American who wants to work. Can’t be done, you say. Here’s how to do it. Bring all of our servicemen and -women home and use the money saved to fund a new Works Progress Administration (WPA), an agency built on the successful model used by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to ameliorate the horrors of the Great Depression. Look at the numbers. In 2001, the United States spent just over $300 billion (that’s with a B) on its defense budget. This year, with a massive deficit and the true unemployment rate north of ten percent, this nation spent $680 billion on fighting two unneeded wars – one in Iraq, the other in Afghanistan. The conservatives will tell you that we can’t cut back on fighting those wars, that the “Muslim terrorists will just follow us home.” That is self-serving claptrap. They have already followed us home, and allowing the inhabitants of those two nations to clean up their own mess seems to be the only rational answer to our problems at home. The Moslem factions still fighting against each other in Iraq have been at it since the thirteenth century, and nothing we do will end that. Is there any real evidence that American intervention has brought real democracy? Not enough to justify our cost in lives and dollars. Afghanistan has proved once again that it wants our help and our money, but is in bed with the Taliban and other terrorists. If you don’t believe the nation’s army and police were protecting Osama bin Laden, then you have a reality problem. Let’s get out and let them fight their own battles. Take the billions saved and use them to fund jobs for Americans who have been unemployed since the bankers put us all in the red, took the money and ran. That’s the way to bring back jobs and reinvigorate the economy.

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