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With a national debt approaching $23 trillion and a trillion dollar deficit for this year alone, Congress last week decided to double down on suicidal spending, passing a two year budget that has the United States careening toward catastrophe. While we cannot say precisely when the economic crash will occur, we do know that it is coming. And last week Congress pounded down on the accelerator.

We are told that the US economy is experiencing unprecedented growth, while at the same time the Fed is behaving as it does when we are in recession by cutting rates…and dodging insults from the President because it’s not cutting fast enough. This is not economic policy – it’s schizophrenia!

But that’s only the beginning.

Take what they call “national defense” spending. This is the misnomer they use to try and convince us that pumping trillions into the military-industrial complex will make us safe and free. Nothing could be further from the truth: probably ninety percent of the “defense” budget is aggressive militarism and welfare for the rich.

Under this budget deal the military budget would increase to nearly $1.4 trillion for two years. Of course that’s only a fraction of real military spending, which is, all told, well over one trillion dollars per year.

What do we get for this money? Are we safer? Not at all. We are more vulnerable than ever. We spend billions fighting “terrorism” in Africa while terrorism has actually increased since the creation of the US Africa Command – “AFRICOM” – in 2007. Meanwhile we continue to spend to maintain our illegal military occupation of a large section of Syria – which benefits terrorist groups seeking to overthrow Assad.

We’re sending thousands more troops to the Middle East including basing US troops in Saudi Arabia for the first time since 2003. Back then, even neocon Paul Wolfowitz praised our departure from Saudi Arabia because, as he rightly stated, US troops on Saudi soil was a great recruiting tool for al-Qaeda.

Now we’ve pulled out of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty so that we can deploy once-forbidden missiles on China’s front door. A new arms race with China will mean a new boon for our new Defense Secretary’s former colleagues at Raytheon!

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) pronounced the Tea Party dead with the adoption of this budget. He’s right of course, but only when it comes to Congress. Given the opportunity, I still believe a good part of the American people will vote for candidates who promise to rein in the national credit card. President Trump himself ran on a platform of ending deficit spending and even paying off the national debt!

So the Tea Party may be dead in Washington, but I am not convinced it was ever really alive in Washington. With a few exceptions, most politicians saw the Tea Party as just the flavor of the month. Spending is what keeps Washington alive and keeps the DC suburbs rich. They’re not about to cut back on their own.

But the spending will end. The trillions thrown down the drain on militarism will end. The only question is whether it will end when we are completely bankrupt and at the mercy of countries we’ve kicked around for decades or whether Americans will demand an end to bipartisan addiction to war and spending in Washington!

(Republished from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. I can’t argue with your economic analysis, Dr. Paul. In the long run we’d probably be better off if the crash coming was triggered sooner rather than later, even though major political turmoil and maybe even SHTF type situations will come with it.

    However, nowhere in this whole column did you mention the immigration invasion. The foreign wars are being used as an excuse to bring even more people in to this country who have absolutely nothing in common with us. Do you think they understand, or COULD POSSIBLY UNDERSTAND the US Constitution, Dr. Paul?

    How will these newcomers effect these votes of which you speak for these imaginary congressmen and senators who will rein in the budget? People from the 3rd World do not trend Libertarian or Constitutionalist, I hate to tell you. Actually I did tell you in person, in ’12, to talk about illegal immigration, if you wanted to win my state in the primary. You should have listened to me.

    • Disagree: The Alarmist
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  2. anon[381] • Disclaimer says:

    “However, nowhere in this whole column did you mention the immigration invasion.”

    Paul didn’t mention it because he and fellow Libertarians are on record supporting it. They’re all for mass migration and have said so repeatedly. Libertarians seem able to diagnose the illness but not the root cause. That makes them all but worthless in my book. I can’t believe so many people fell for that dead-end philosophy.

    “actually I did tell you in person, in ’12”

    Libertarians like Ron Paul are only interested in themselves and their pocketbooks. Talking about immigration would mean he’d miss out on some speaking engagements and financial opportunities and the media would say mean things about him. His god is money and the principles he follows are all based around making lots of it for himself, even if he does happen to tell the truth on occasion. People like this are allowed to voice their opinions because the government knows they won’t offer any real solutions, so anyone who follows them is wasting his time. Nothing will come of it.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  3. @anon

    Regarding your first paragraph, you have the Libertards of Reason magazine confused with all Libertarians. As to the last one, you don’t know anything about Ron Paul obviously. He was never in Congress as “Dr. No” for the money – that’s ludicrous. He was dubbed Dr. No because he voted against all bills that were unconstitutional. That takes the kind of integrity that you don’t see in 98% of the people up there in Washington, FS.

    Ron Paul told me, and the rest of the audience that day that he was “for the rule of law”. As I wrote, the only beef I’ve got with him, and I’m just guessing at that, is his naivety about the people coming into America (legally too). There aren’t many budding Constitutionalists among them, no matter what questions that citizenship test that they mostly all cheat on has.

  4. alexander says:

    Dear Dr. Paul,

    The United States has been facing an impending solvency crisis ever since the bills started rolling in from our illegal wars conducted throughout the middle east.

    The best way to address this crisis is by finding the right solution, and applying it.

    The smartest(and quickest) way I see, to replenish our national coffers is to hold to account every single individual , think tank, lobbying group, and media outlet who conspired to defraud our nation into illegal war.

    The subsequent forfeiture of their collective assets will serve three essential functions for our nation.

    First , it will replenish , right out of the gate, a sizable portion of the horrific debt their lies created.

    Second, it will permanently remove their capacity to financially influence our leaders into committing illegal war.

    Third, it will restore, almost overnight, our reputation as a nation which upholds the law.

    Without these things occurring we are, most probably, going under.

    It is possible we might not, but the odds are very long against it.

  5. anon[246] • Disclaimer says:

    “Regarding your first paragraph, you have the Libertards of Reason magazine confused with all Libertarians.”

    That’s like saying “not all communists were bad”. Sure, some weren’t, but the ideology and many of its most influential proponents were. Libertarian dogma is responsible for much of what troubles the right and the country. These loons spent years promoting “muh corporashuns” as they were gobbling up competition and instituting leftist totalitarianism in our society. They are the reason why GOP congressmen refuse to regulate social media as they deplatform conservatives. They are the reason why the right poured so much of its energy into trivial tax policies in the 1990s over real immigration reform. They are the reason why George W. Bush almost gave us a huge amnesty. They are the reason why Trump blew his border wall mandate on prison reform, Wall Street deregulation, tax cuts for the rich, and calls for increased legal immigration.

    “As to the last one, you don’t know anything about Ron Paul obviously.”

    He’s against a border wall and tows the mainstream GOP line on supporting legal immigration, which is just as bad as illegal immigration if not worse. His son voted against Trump’s immigration national emergency.

    “He was never in Congress as “Dr. No” for the money – that’s ludicrous.”

    1. He was already independently wealthy from his job as a physician. Paul certainly stood to gain from lower taxes on the rich.

    2. That was a general comment about libertarians, not about the guy personally; you purposely misconstrued that statement. Libertarians are absolutely guided by greed and adherence to bizarre, ultimately trivial, economic dogma. The sooner these kooks are tossed into the trash bin of history the better.

    3. The guy has increased his net worth by several million dollars since running for president. He ran for president to increase his name recognition and make money.

    “He was dubbed Dr. No because he voted against all bills that were unconstitutional. That takes the kind of integrity that you don’t see in 98% of the people up there in Washington, FS.”

    BS. Most of that dealt with less controversial spending bills. No one is getting run out of town for voting against that. Let the guy publicly condemn the deplatforming of a website like The Daily Stormer on free speech principles, or condemn the sentencing of James Fields, and then come back to me and talk about integrity.

    “Ron Paul told me, and the rest of the audience that day that he was “for the rule of law”. As I wrote, the only beef I’ve got with him, and I’m just guessing at that, is his naivety about the people coming into America (legally too).”

    Which is a view shared by many, if not most, mainstream libertarians I’ve dealt with. It’s not uncommon among that demographic.

    “There aren’t many budding Constitutionalists among them, no matter what questions that citizenship test that they mostly all cheat on has.”

    He doesn’t see that because he’s blinded by libertarian dogma. To guys like Ron Paul, people are interchangeable units in an economic mechanism – all equally capable of being molded into productive individuals, regardless culture or history or human nature. That’s a very common view among libertarians and that has been true for decades. Only the dissident right and the disingenuous Ruling Class think otherwise.

  6. buckwheat says:

    All politicians are worthless scum regardless of political party. The only thing these bastards could agree on was to increase spending more of our hard earned tax dollars. This country is sinking into shithole status faster than Somalia or the Congo. Blacks have turned all major cities into violent sewers and their answer to that is gun control on law abiding whites. Some liberal democrat dickweed goes on a shooting spree and my M-4 locked in the gun safe is the problem. The Haji’s are getting their wish, Death to America is coming at breakneck speed.

  7. @Achmed E. Newman

    Sorry, Achmed, but you should not hope for an acceleration of the inevitable: They’re going to do a Herbert Hoover to Trump and populist movements worldwide, leaving them to take the blame while then using the excuse to deprive us of our liberties, property, and even our lives to save us, à la Uncle Franklin, Uncle Joe, and Uncle Addie, from ourselves.

    The little people are going to take it in the shorts soon enough, so let’s party on like 1930s Berlin, because the real dictators are already warming up in the bullpens from DC to Berlin and all major capitals in between.

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  8. @The Alarmist

    Thanks for the reply, Alarmist. I don’t disagree, but you didn’t explain why it’s better if this happens later rather than sooner. IMO, the longer they have to lock things down, the more chance of this whole world becoming a real totalitarian state headed into a new Dark Age.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  9. @Achmed E. Newman

    My thinking was that a quick crisis would be more of a catalyst of the next dark age, but I’m splitting hairs here, because watching 10-year Gilts drop below 50bp and hearing serious talk about US Treasuries possibly starting to go negative gives me the impression TPTB have no clue how to get out of the mess they have created and are doubling down. So, why not let the serfs run up more credit card debt to party on for a couple years; it’s not like any of that or the $23T of “official” US government debt will be paid off, much less the $150T to $200T of unfunded liabilities.

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