National Economic Reforms: National Defense Initiative

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What the United States must do in order to keep the Department of Defense strong enough to secure the nations security.

National Economic Reforms: National Defense Initiative

In no other time in the history of the United States has their ever been such a furor to cut and dismantle the defense industry. The proposals that are being considered that would leave this nation in serious jeopardy border on the too extreme. Granted there are inlays within the defense budget that need to be either trimmed or eliminated all together but with the pervasive attitude in Washington today that budget cuts at all costs will save America. This is a false assumption. There are many factors that have contributed to the United States current economic crisis. Many of which are continually overlooked by not only the Republicans but the Democrats as well.

Ever since 9/11 when the Bush Administration decided to create another cabinet post "Homeland Security" in response to the attack on New York and Washington inadvertently created a duplication of an already functioning cabinet post, the Department of Defense. Now, what has happened is instead of reigning in governmental spending the Bush Administration only opened up the door to the already ballooning budget deficit. A duplication of departments in which the Defense Department's budget takes up almost one third of the government's overall budget. This in a time of an economic crisis has to boarder on fiscal irresponsibility.

For the past 40 years the population of the United States has increased by over 50 million people. The other more sobering figure is that within the past 40 years the American workforce has shed close to 60 million jobs. The majority of jobs that were lost consisted of middle class wages. In the past 50 years the only other time that the United States Federal budget almost equaled the tax revenue was from the 1950's thru the middle of the 1970's. From 1974 till 2011 the tax revenue that is designated for the Federal Budget kept evaporating. This is because the policies from the middle 1970's encouraged corporate foreign investment rather than domestic investment. Consequently, the United States has all but lost it's available tax revenue to keep the Federal Budget some what aligned with their expenditures, including the Defense Department's own budget. When we add the Department of Homeland Security to this mix only further exasperates an already budgetary crisis. The problem at hand is that the Government doesn't have a spending problem. What has occurred by bad government is an income crisis all across this country. Compounding this dilemma is that the tax structure in place heavily favors the top 5% of the wealthiest individuals which puts the bulk of the burden on the rest of Americans that are still fortunate to be employed and just as importantly still own their own homes.

To explain the situation further details that our enormous annual budget deficit and the accumulated Federal debt are not the end result of the enormity of government and wild spending as so many Republicans are making everyone believe. Both are a direct result of unpaid expenditures due in most instances to the reduced levels of tax revenue coming in and for the money that was borrowed to pay interest on that borrowed money. In 2001 the United States under President Bush ushered in tax cuts for that top 5% of the population and reduced government oversight of the financial institutions and Wall Street which paved the way for the economic crisis that followed in 2008. The enormous economic toll financially pushed this nations debt even higher. Just to advert a more financial catastrophe that would have unfolded these financial institutions were bailed out leaving the United States precariously close to falling over that fiscal cliff.

To secure our nations national security in a world filled with so much insecurity and turmoil whether we will face again another Pearl Harbor or a 9/11 the ability of the United States to respond is paramount to preserving this nation. What is needed now is to recognize what is incurred in the current defense budget, cut wasteful spending, incorporate into the Department of Defense Homeland Security and reform our immigration policy. Together the end result would be a more efficient, cost constructive, and a more reliable Defense Department to meet the needs of today's and tomorrow's world. When we apply a policy of efficiency where any expenditures our dully recognized as prudent, cost effective, while maintaining the level of superiority that is so necessary for the success of our Armed Forces including our National Guard while taking care of our veterans the Department of Defense will be able to secure our nations national security today and for tomorrow.

As far back as 1792 President Washington realized that without a strong military our new nation would be not able to deal effectively with any national emergency. But, it took President Roosevelt to really put the United States on the international stage by again realizing that a strong military { remember that slogan Carry a Big Stick } is the greatest deterrent to any armed aggression. FDR again, realized that the United States had to win World War II and undertook what was necessary to have our military forces have all the available resources to ensure that the United States would end World War II successfully. President Reagan followed the lessons of his predecessors and made our Armed Forces the supreme military force in the world. It enable us to combat previous unchecked aggression any where in the world.

Today, with armed aggressions occurring simultaneously around the world amid a continued exodus of tax revenue for expenditures like our defense budget, to carry out the militaries missions only encourages more borrowing and increasing our debt. By not eliminating the Department of Homeland Security and incorporating it into the Department of Defense and not reforming our immigration policy continues to drain tax payers pocketbooks and pushes America deeper in debt. Or the other way is to cut the defense budget to the point that the success and winning the war on Terror and any other conflicts won't happen and cost many more Americans to loose their lives will be a lesson in futility. This is just the reason enough why the United States must have the resources to maintain the worlds most efficient and superior military. To be able to respond to any contingency anywhere, to fully back up the United Nations response to any aggression, to defend this country against any man induced terror and to respond to any natural catastrophe that could unfold at any time is the sole purpose why the Department of Defense is vital for this nation and the world. The consequences of not having our military without the resources available for any and all contingencies is a recipe for disaster.

To actually achieve and regain our tax base is to implement National Economic Reform. Ten Articles of Confederation that would generate the tax revenue by reforming policies, mandates, and laws that originally caused the mass exodus of American middle class jobs. Included is Infrastructure Redevelopment where a WPA type program focused to putting our young adults back in the work force. This age group has the highest unemployment rate across the country at over 25% is unacceptable for those who are 18-30. Another factor to consider is to reinstate the military draft for all able bodied men and women 18-25 to serve two years service for their country. The argument against a military draft is that enough men and women are joining the Armed Forces any way. That may be true, but the real factor in this is that there are practically no other alternatives for employment outside of the military now and it has been this way for a very long time.

The sooner our illustrious conservative Republicans realize that the problem today is not big obtrusive government but disingenuous policies and bad judgements the sooner this country can get back to work. Granted the Defense Department needs reform but not to the point that the effectiveness, efficiency, and superiority are compromised. To cave in to the rhetoric today by slashing defense so drastically will actually cause more harm, loose American lives, and actually cost the United States more. This is the reason why National Economic Reform is so vital for the stability and security of the United States.

What began as a crusade following 9/11 has turned out to be almost a total dismal failure from the start. The strategy was ill planned, our armed forces were ill prepared and they still are, and our veterans are continuing to fall thru societies cracks. The whole campaign in Afghanistan and Iraq have wasted billions of dollars, cost thousands of lives, and caused catastrophic damage to all involved. So far the United States has literally failed to achieve any kind of stability let alone any kind of victory. We lost focus on the objective. The United States failed to remember that famous quote from General Douglas Mac Arthur " There can be no substitute for total victory" and the resolve of FDR.

Complete elimination of all terrorists cells globally, and assisting nations in establishing stable governments and economies all through-out the Mid East including Afghanistan and Iraq has to be the main objective of why we sent our armed forces in harms way. This objective alone should have preempted the United States to form a multinational coalition with the United Nations so that together this objective will be achieved. The United States has been and still is ill prepared militarily and economically able to wage such a campaign alone. A progression of preparedness should have been initiated before any of our armed forces ever left the United States.

Today, if the United States continues to remain on this current path and plan of direction in Afghanistan and Iraq we will only escalate the intolerable conditions in the Mid East and any kind of stability will never be accomplished. How then can the United States along with the rest of the Industrialized nations eliminate the global threat of terrorism and establish stability in the East while regaining every nations national security?

The answers are not as un daunting as they seem. When World War II began America and our allies in Europe didn't need any encouragement to increase the size of the military. More than enough people enlisted in the Armed Forces. It was perceived as an honor and a duty to serve. Today what has happened primarily because the way the whole Vietnam era was run our military is now perceived as not a duty or honor to serve ones country. Too much apathy and callous attitudes prevail and lingers in our society today. The United States has to educate all that acts of terrorism affect us all in one way or another. This country and the rest of the world will never be secure or stable until the threat of terrorism is eradicated from the face of the earth.

One of the first phases in accomplishing the objectives of establishing peace and stability starts with in the United States. Re-establishing the military draft is fundamental in increasing the size of our military to ensure this nation has the resources necessary to secure this country and at the same time be able to assist the coalition in the success of eliminating global terrorism and establishing stability in the Mid East. The next step involves the United Nations and the rest of all the other Industrialized countries. Each member of the United Nations has to realize that the United States undertook and picked up the gauntlet of riding the world of terrorism, while hoping to establish democracy in those countries that have been deprived of such. Only when all are involved with the singular purpose toward achieving the objective that was undertaken will a complete victory be attained.

Every nations veterans has to be given the fullest amount of reverence and respect for they alone carried the tremendous burden of achieving the success so that the rest of us all will be able to live without fear and anxiety knowing that our world has been made a safer place because of the ultimate sacrifice that the military pays. And pay dearly they do. The resolve in Washington has to be to reform our Defense Department, incorporate Homeland Security into the Department of Defense, reform our immigration policy, re institute the Military Draft, pass National Economic Reform and get this country back on even footing so that in the eventuality our armed forces are sent in harms way they have the tools and equipment to effectively carry out their mission. And when all is said and done it is our veterans that have to be well taken care of; for they have sacrificed so much for Americans way of life and the freedoms we continue to enjoy.

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Budget Cuts, Departmet Of Defense

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I am a feature writer for The Tampa Bay Examiner and The American chronicle. Earned Ph.D in Economics

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