Maintaining Our Spending Superiority
Another Brilliant Obama Plan Comes To Life!
Now that the long-awaited second Carter term is entering its fourth year, we should not be surprised that the president is finally getting a handle on defense spending. He was on the TV contraption the other day, announcing we'll be slashing our defense budget, but "we'll still maintain our military superiority." After all, he argues, we ought to be able to get by on a budget still greater than that of the next ten nations combined.
President Carter was all about slashing defense, and I remember being in the army when his first term was entering its fourth year. I remember soldiers from my post jumping on helicopters to go rescue those Iranian hostages. And I remember how super THAT worked out!
Several things to warm your heart here, though! First, it's good to know we'll still be superior to, well, to somebody, I guess. It's like sacrificing your knight and two rooks, but hey, you still have that one-pawn superiority. It's like Tebow against the New England Patriots, committing turnovers in the first half... we were way ahead, but we can get by if we still have even a one-point superiority, right?
Also, I'm sure the bad guys will be adjusting their terrorism budgets, too. The eccentric zillionaires who want to kill us all? They don't need to invest so much of their zillions now... so I'm sure that extra money will go to some other worthy cause. It's kinda like giving the terrorists a much-needed raise! That, combined with all the apologies and bowing, should finally get them to love us.
But the big thing is this: we'll still be spending more on defense than the next ten countries combined! Woot! I wonder how much we were spending, relative to other countries, during those heady days in 1980 (the year of the aforementioned rescue attempt) when obviously no one dared mess with us. No matter, really, as long as we're deciding things like our defense budget relative to what other countries do.
In fact, wouldn't it be cool if we based our entire federal budget on what other countries do? You might vote for a candidate who said he or she would tell every federal bureaucracy that they had to get by on what the next ten nations (combined) spend on the same stuff. Think of all the money we'd still have if we used that principle on things like turtle bridges and loan-guarantees to failed solar companies.
I can't wait to see the president rock on with this brilliant budgeting scheme! It'll really get interesting when we slash our entitlement spending - and foreign aid! - to a number equal (or even a little bit superior) to what the next ten nations spend. And if we limited our bureacracies and regulations to a taxpayer burden roughly equal to that of the next ten countries, why, people would even be able once again to do CRAZY stuff like start a business!
That will really transform the presidency, radically. We used to call the U.S. president "the leader of the free world." Soon this notion of a "free world" will be relegated to the ash-heap of history; and when we're basing what we do on the budgets of other countries, it's clear the notion of American leadership is already there.