Primer for Deficit and Tax Reduction

Left exsanguinous by property and federal taxes?  Reconsider one of my Green Party 2008/2010 congressional position statements.  The 2012 U.S. budget allocates over $800 billion to our baseline military, averaging $8,000 per taxpayer annually, a sum not including tens of billions for the CIA, NSA, or veterans’ disability payments (the latter sacrosanct and inviolable but also interminable like “continuous war”).  The overall military budget for the Pentagon and related programs accounts for 56 percent of all federal discretionary spending (which excludes Medicare and Medicaid).  Using Ralph Nader’s figures (The Seventeen Solutions), attributed to former assistant secretary of defense, Lawrence Korb, I calculate the drone-loving Obama administration can save an average $600/taxpayer/year just by canceling the V-22 Osprey, reducing active troops in Europe and Asia by one-third, reducing Virginia class submarine/DDG-51 destroyer procurements to one/year, stopping aircraft carrier construction, and modest ground force and F-35 fighter jet reductions. Cut the Pentagon budget to 2000 figures (then $300 billion), as I proposed in 2008/2010, and our average tax burden drops almost $5,000/year/taxpayer.  As Nader references Andrew Bacevich to instruct our militarist President in The Seventeen Solutions, James Madison perhaps said it best in 1795: “War is the parent of armies.  From these proceed debts and taxes….bringing the many under the domination of the few….No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”


G. Scott Deshefy

Lebanon, CT 06249


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