Here is a GOP Congress graph showing The Obama 2013 Budget: A Summary And Analysis – Budget Background …If we look at the years the debt shot upwards, it usually is during wars. But since Reagan took over, we have GOP wild spending while Democrats cut spending. The disaster of the Bush II Bubble Years forced heavy Federal spending to dig the nation out of a very deep hole. And one major aspect of this Grave Of US Dreams was dug by our military in our foolish invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Iraq is rapidly falling apart and al Qaeda, funded by our ‘allies’ the Israelis and Saudis, is resurgent and Afghanistan is rapidly falling back into the hands of the Taliban.
Trillions of tax debt dollars were thrown away thanks to these insane invasions. Bin Laden did us a great courtesy boasting about his plans to attack the US until it decides to invade Afghanistan and Iraq and then we would go bankrupt just like the Soviet Union. And lo and behold, we took the bait and bit hard and are still hooked and we are going bankrupt. We neglect our own roads, bridges, airports and cities to spend money in Afghanistan and Iraq that is a total, utter, absolute waste.
After billions in U.S. investment, Afghan roads are falling apart – The Washington Post, the most guilty of all the papers when it comes to warmongering. The Washington Post constantly demands we invade Syria, Iran, a host of African nations, get aggressive with China, the most solvent empire in the world with a huge industrial base and massive shipping strength. And nuclear missiles.
This lunatic warmongering rag periodically does these ‘investigation’ stories which are silly because it is painfully obvious that none of the spending, not one dime, in Afghanistan was useful. It was from day 1 a total waste. It had no hope of being anything but a total waste and bin Laden, who knew the Afghanis very, very well and was sent there by the CIA in the first place to undermine the Soviet occupation…he knew perfectly well our invasion would be a total failure especially if we rolled in very easily.
This is a classic Tar-Baby tactic. The US has a ‘stupid’ military because it is so bloated. So they imagine and the media wolves and AIPAC and all the military/industrial investors, many of whom are in Congress, all salivate at opportunities to attack without the slightest thought about strategy or even basic goals and certainly, being careful is the least of their thoughts.
From 2013: In Afghanistan, U.S. breeds white elephants: Our view mentions a 64,000-square-foot, $34 million headquarters that was never used and wasn’t even asked for by the commanders on the ground but which was very, very popular with the super rich owners of our military/industrial complex and their buddies in Congress. Another fine example is the $11.5 million misappropriated to build four incinerators which were not used because the Afghan staff decided to burn it all in a pit they dug for free.
U.S. infrastructure spending has plummeted since 2008 100% due to the GOP refusing to spend anything in the US in order to make Obama as unpopular as possible:
The Falling-Bridge Lesson: The U.S. Infrastructure Failure Is Still Totally Inexcusable – Derek Thompson – The Atlantic
The average age of America’s 607,380 bridges is about 42 years old. The Federal Highway Administrations claims we’ll need to spend about $20.5 billion annually for the next 16 years to properly update them — about 60 percent more than we’re spending every year today. Meanwhile, the Highway Trust Fund has been slammed by a decrease in miles driven nationally, states and cities have been slammed by the weak economy, and private builders face a jumbled knot of “municipalities, investors, and federal overseers.”
We lost over a trillion dollars trying to take over Muslim nations where nearly everyone hates our guts and deservedly so. We are being urged daily to continue doing this. The opportunities for losing another trillion temps DC politicians, AIPAC rich fat Wall Street/gambling casino cats to invade more countries and lose more money doing this. They love this because they refuse to pay any taxes and get lots of the loot we spend invading enemies who aren’t attacking us. These clowns would do this forever if possible and they intend to do this forever even though history says, our empire is going bankrupt and can’t do this much longer.
Here is a previous article about this silliness from 2010: SpyTalk – Spy: Stolen U.S. dollars exit Afghan airport controlled by Karzai brother who is, HAHAHA, a drug lord! Imagine that! Actually, we knew this since 9/11. I was one of the few people online who totally opposed the invasion of Afghanistan while backing Karzai and his opium den gang. Instead of going after bin Laden, the US chose to slowly….VERY SLOWLY…move into Afghanistan from Pakistan by helping a bunch of tribal opium dealers take over from the anti-opium trade Taliban who banished these crooks.
We have known this for years and years yet we still haven’t escaped from Afghanistan and are still losing many millions a month there and Obama has been paralyzed about this because Congress and the fat cats are still looting the public purse and won’t stop. If anyone tries to stop them, they will attack our personal civil rights (that is, reduce them even further) or yap about religion and how Jesus wants the Apocalypse and this means endless battles with angry Muslims and then there is China which is winning the economic war hands down and so we must be scared of China and this means spending billions more on useless naval activities offshore of gigantic China and irritate them as much as possible so they will start WWIII except our darling ally, Japan, is the one starting WWIII.
Yikes. That war will be unbelievably costly and destructive because we will be nuked to all hell.
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Forgot to add, today in a Pew Poll, nearly 60% of Americans have finally (AT LAST!!!) figured out the obvious that the wars were worthless.
The real story here is how US privatized contractors are building facilities that will never be used. Just as they are building roads poorly. Its all about making money and raking the middle class clueless tax payers over the coals.
Then they will dismantle the safety net. I think there’s most likely an element in the Right wing section of the discordant orchestra that denies women the right to abortions and birth control, cuz they could be cancelling out lives that would otherwise bring in a profit for someone. In a paradigm where all life on earth is monetized I think there may be something to that, cuz they sure don’t care if the born get poisoned.
US military probed over $34 million building in Afghanistan that was never used.
Here we go. Can’t have a discussion about anything americans can agree on ( obscene evil eternal war spending) without somebody dragging in an issue that was settled fourty years ago.
In a paradigm where all life on earth is monetized I think there may be something to that, cuz they sure don’t care if the born get poisoned.
There is nothing new under the (variable) Sun:
“Capital that has such good reasons for denying the sufferings of the legions of workers that surround it, is in practice moved as much and as little by the sight of the coming degradation and final depopulation of the human race, as by the probable fall of the earth into the sun. In every stockjobbing swindle every one knows that some time or other the crash must come, but every one hopes that it may fall on the head of his neighbour, after he himself has caught the shower of gold and placed it in safety. Après moi le déluge! [After me, the Flood!] is the watchword of every capitalist and of every capitalist nation. Hence Capital is reckless of the health or length of life of the labourer, unless under compulsion from society. To the out-cry as to the physical and mental degradation, the premature death, the torture of over-work, it answers: Ought these to trouble us since they increase our profits?”
Karl Marx: Capital Volume I Part III
I think I found this Via Drudge:
The United States government has spent $200 million on a literacy program for the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) over the past five years but half the Afghan army still can’t read or write according to a new report.
“Literacy of the Afghan National Security Forces is of critical importance,” said John F. Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). “We’ve spent $200 million on this —yet we don’t even know how many Afghan security forces are literate or how well the program worked. That’s deeply disturbing.”
The goal of the program was to make 100 percent of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) able to read at a first grade level and 50 percent literate at a third grade level by the time U.S. forces are due to withdraw from Afghanistan at the end of 2014. But officials told SIGAR that that attaining those goals with the Afghan army, which is set to grow to 352,000, may be “unrealistic” and unattainable.”
To be considered literate at a third grade level, an Afghan soldier must be able to read, write, and comprehend short paragraphs, use correct punctuation to aid meaning and understanding, add and subtract using six-digits numbers, and multiply and divide with three-digit numbers.
An Afghan soldier who can read at a first grade level is expected to read, write, pronounce, and identify letters, read and write short words, read and write one’s own name, and count up to 1,000.
Without being able to read, it makes it difficult for soldiers to do all but the most basic tasks and to reach any level of professionalism, NATO and ISAF officials told the SIGAR investigators
HAHAHAHA….the most tenacious fighters on earth don’t need no ‘literacy’!!!
Being illiterate has nothing to do with being able to fight! Not to mention US literacy rates: it stinks! Our schools are collapsing and we worry about teaching warriors who are busy defeating us, how to read.
Elaine you wrote that awesome article, The History of Seigniorage Wealth at time of past money troubles in 2008.
The UK was once the centerpiece of a global empire that spread across the globe. But its failure as a global hegemonic empire, is like that coming soon to the US Dollar hegemonic empire, as this one flows as well into the beast empire of iron diktat regional economic governance, and clay totalitarian collectivism of debt servitude.
All empires have been based upon sovereignty and seigniorage; and most have been established on a debt based money system which established seigniorage wealth.
Sovereignty is defined as the Sovereign’s policies and schemes which establish economic life, and which define the nature of the person. Since 2008, liberalism’s two persons, created by the democratic nation state banker regime, were the investor experiencing investment choice, and the client experience clientelism.
Seigniorage is defined as the credit and flow of the Seignior, that is the top dog banker, who in coining money takes a cut, which defines the nature of economic life.
Liberalism’s peak economic experience came through the coordinated efforts of the world’s central banks in establishing Global ZIRP, which created a crack up boom in risk assets, as the dynamos of economic action, these being creditism, corporatism, globalism, and clientelism, which facilitated inflationism, producing peak moral hazard based seigniorage wealth.
Liberalism sovereignty and seigniorage secured the Means of Economic Inflationism, where Milton Friedman and Ben Bernanke, using the Benchmark Interest Rate, ^TNX, under Global ZIRP, fathered and favored the investor and the client.
Liberalism’s economy died in January 2014 with the collapse of the Emerging Markets; this coming with the death of fiat money on October 23, 2013, and the death of fiat wealth on January 24, 2014.
But twin extinction events, terminated liberalism, and as a result its creation, that being the investor and the client died, as greed turned to fear that the world central banks’ monetary policies have crossed the rubicon of sound monetary policy and have made “money good” investments bad.
The first extinction event was the bond vigilantes calling the Interest Rate on the US Ten Year Note, ^TNX, higher from 2.48%, on October 23, 2013, which terminated fiat money, defined as the combination of Aggregate Credit, AGG, and Major World Currencies, DBV, and Emerging Market Currencies, CEW.
The second extinction event was the bond vigilantes calling interest rate on the Emerging Market Local Currency Bonds, EMLC, higher, and the currency traders calling the Japanese Yen, FXY, higher, and Emerging Market Currencies, CEW, lower, which forced the investor to derisk and delverage out of the Emerging Market, EEM.
Thus in January 2014, Destiny passed The Bow of Economic Sovereignty from democratic nation states and the world central banks, to regional sovereigns and regional sovereign bodies; these are now growing in political capital, and its authority to establish regional economic fascism, replacing all isms, such as crony capitalism, European Socialism, Greek Socialism, and Communism. Regional economic fascism is fated to be the singular, all inclusive, economic experience, as the ships of state flounder, and sink in the tossing sea of debt deflation driven, competitive currency devaluation.
Regionalism is establishing a new debt based money system, that being the diktat money system, where regional overlords, ruling in each one of the world’s ten regions in mandates of regional economic governance, and in debt servitude schemes of totalitarian collectivism unifying all of mankind’s seven institutions, establish regional security, stability and sustainability.
News reports reflect that the beast empire is now rising out of waves Club Med sovereign, banking, and corporate insolvency. It has the feet of a bear in banking supervision in Frankfurt; mouth of a lion in Berlin, as DW reports German FM vows more aggressive foreign policy; and coat of a leopard in fiscal supervision in Brussels, where a One Euro Government, that is a Eurozone Superstate, featuring a banking union, military union, and fiscal-debt union will form as leaders meet in summits to renounce national sovereignty and annonce regional pooled sovereignty as they set forth regional framework agreements, as these constitute the constitution of regional economic governance.
If this were not enough, please consider that Bible prophecy foretells that the beast regime will be accompanied by the Sovereign, Europe’s New Charlemagne, as well as by the Seignior, that is the Top Dog Money Lord; and that they will forge, the new normal seigniorage wealth of diktat, and they will coin its peer, diktat money, out of their fiery words, will and way.
Their sovereignty be Deutungshoheit in nature. There is only one sovereignty, and it provides only one life experience. Deutungshoheit is defined as interpretational sovereignty and connotes supremacy in all things, the result being German economic, banking, credit, and military supremacy, over all of the Eurozone. German linguist Thorsten Pattberg relates Deutungshoheit is a German word meaning “having the sovereignty over the definition of thought,” sometimes also called “the prerogative of final explanation.”
Authority now longer resides in democracy; now Obrigkeit, as the Germans say, resides in beast regime’s policies of diktat in regional governance in all of the world’s ten regions, and has affect in schemes of debt servitude in totalitarian collectivism in each of the world’s seven institutions.
Liberalism’s economy died in January 2014 with the collapse of the Emerging Markets; this coming with the death of fiat money on October 23, 2013, and the death of fiat wealth on January 24, 2014??????????????
Why to waste the tax payers money…
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