Government Spending: Budgets, Deficits, & Debt

What is even being debated about government budgets?

It’s obviously not a matter of what we can and can’t afford.

Most people who complain about deficit spending and growing debt are perfectly fine with unfunded wars that are wars of choice and an increasing number of prisons being built to hold those who commit victimless crimes. They are more than willing to spend money to kill people and imprison people, but apparently not to help people.

It’s not about the money, rather about who deserves what and how much. Such people want to live in a Social Darwinian ‘meritocracy’ where the rich keep getting richer and the poor poorer, and that is simply supposed to be the natural order of things. They would deny this, but this is what their choices and actions have inevitably led to.

The military-industrial complex which is built on government spending is the single largest sector of our economy.

That doesn’t even include the alphabet soup agencies involved in intelligence, investigation, security, and who knows what else. That doesn’t include the growing prison-industrial complex along with the growing police state and all that it entails. That doesn’t include all the money spent to help big business by offering subsidies and tax breaks, negotiating trade agreements, securing/defending access to natural resources and cheap labor in other countries, selling natural resources on public lands at below market value, giving government contracts to cronies, and allowing the privatizing of various publicly-funded benefits while socializing or otherwise externalizing costs.

And don’t get me started about the massive black budget that rarely gets mentioned, much less seriously discussed.

For a fraction of a percentage of what we spend on all of that, we probably could offer high quality education and health care for the every American citizen. If we weren’t spending all that money on the security state, on the corporatocracy and on imperial aspirations, we could easily pay off the entire debt and never have to worry about deficit spending again.

The answer is obvious and simple, but those who complain the loudest (or rather those whose complaints most often get heard and debated in mainstream media and politics) don’t care about obvious and simple answers. I’m not sure they even understand and it is in their interest to not understand or to pretend they don’t understand.

Still, the ‘debate’ goes on and so does the problem. Those benefiting from it all, the political and corporate plutocracy, are content with the status quo.

Balancing the Budget: Honest Questions vs Political Bullshit

I just wanted to post a relatively simple thought along with some questions.

I’ve noticed that whenever balancing the budget and decreasing the deficit comes up what always gets pointed at are social services (so-called entitlement programs) and domestic spending in general. I just don’t understand why spending that actually helps average Americans gets attacked while spending on the military-industrial complex is skyrocketing and while banks that helped cause our present economic problems get massive bailouts. Politicians and pundits obsess over such things as social security even though it pays for itself since money we get from social security comes directly from money we put into social security.

Domestic spending isn’t just so-called entitlement programs (and, fuck yeah, I’m entitled to the social security I paid into). Domestic spending is education. Domestic spending created the internet. Domestic spending creates and maintains the infrastructure. Domestic spending funds scientific research. Domestic spending provides emergency services. Domestic spending ensures clean water and safe food.

Everything that makes our country great either was created by or supported with domestic spending. Why do we spend so much money on destroying infrastructure in foreign countries rather than fixing the crumbling infrastructure in our own country? Why do we spend so much money killing innocent people in foreign countries rather than providing education and health services for people here at home?

What about all the spending that doesn’t help the average American and which often hurts the average American?

What about defense spending including deficit spending on wars, the military contracts, the military imperialism with bases all over the world, the whole military-industrial complex, and the medical costs of injured and traumatized soldiers? What about the CIA, the FBI, and the vast array of alphabet soup agencies and intelligence operations? What about the War on Drugs, the Tough on Crime policies, and the immense prison system with the highest rate of imprisonment in the world? What about all the spending on favorite programs of politicians and the high salaries of politicians? What about the black budget which is so large that no one publicly knows or admits exactly how large it is?

How much does all that spending add up to? Isn’t all of that spending greater than all the so-called entitlement programs combined?

Most importantly, why aren’t politicians and the mainstream media asking these questions?