America can carry herself and get along in pretty fair shape, but when she stops and picks up the whole world and puts it on her shoulders she just can’t “get it done.” – Will Rogers March 15, 1933
Wow, it is amazing that Will wrote these words almost eighty years ago. They couldn’t be more true today. The Republicans want to continuously talk about wasteful government spending but they seldom talk about reducing our military budgets. We spend many many times more per citizen than any other country in the world on our war machine! Why is that? I’m just a simple guy but I can see where Will’s words are on target especially today. We can no longer afford to be the policemen of the world, if we ever could!
If we could just put our spending on guns, bombs, and such on par with everyone else in the world we could “get along in pretty fair shape” again. We could almost immediately cut more than $5 trillion over a ten-year period for that alone. Why do some of those yahoos in the congress think it is better to ask their grandmas to do without a meal once a day instead of not building a few million dollar bombs? Instead of asking her to cut her pills in half to make them last longer we should cut our war spending in half. Let’s pull some soldiers out of harms way and bring them home to their love ones where they belong. That seems like a win-win proposition to me.
Mr. McConnell, you seem to be the chief complainer in Washington now days. I’ll tell you what, you can have this idea as your own. You don’t have to give me any credit for it at all. I’ll even help you to make it happen by talking up the ideas to all my Democratic friends. Wouldn’t it be something to get a few Republicans and Democrats to vote the same way on a bill! Lets bring some, hell lets say most, of our soldier/policemen home so we can put ourselves in pretty fair shape again. As Will said when we pick up the whole world and put it on our shoulders we just can’t “get it done”.
But I’m just a simple guy so what do I know….