Debt limit raised AGAIN, will no one reign in spending EVER?

Debt limit raised AGAIN, will no one reign in spending EVER?

Trump has made some cuts here and there. Unfortunately much of the savings from those cuts went straight to the military which is a massive vehicle for crony capitalism despite what some people want to believe. Additionally we hear rumblings of “infrastructure” deals in the works. Perhaps this is where Nancy Pelosi and President Trump come together. Hooray. More money spent. Government expanded yet more.

The Unheeded Advice in George Washington's Farewell Address

The Unheeded Advice in George Washington's Farewell Address

When people remember or discuss the address, they most often recall his warning against political parties, his admonition to avoid entangling foreign alliances, and his insistence that “religion and morality are indispensable supports” to political prosperity.  But we often read right over an even more poignant warning in Washington’s address; a warning we failed to heed to our own detriment.

The Astronomical Price of America’s Undeclared Wars

By Michael Maharrey

According to a study by the Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs at Brown University, since 2001, America’s wars have cost $5.6 trillion. That equates to $23,000 per taxpayer. This is more than three times the Pentagon estimate – which still comes in at a staggeringly high $1.5 trillion.

Study author, Neta Crawford said the Pentagon’s failure to account for much of the cost of waging war accounts for the discrepancy between official numbers and the study.

“War costs are more than what we spend in any one year on what’s called the pointy end of the spear,” she told the Wall Street Journal. “There are all these other costs behind the spear, and there are consequences of using it, that we need to include.”

According to Newsweek, the study includes costs for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, along with support for allies in the battle against extremist groups, mostly eastern European countries such as Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Poland, and Romania. It also factors in a trillion dollars for the care of veterans who may have received injuries in the conflicts. But the study did not account for U.S. military assistance outside of these countries against ISIS, such as Tunisia, the Philippines or Egypt.

So, war has cost you even more than $23,000 over the last two decades.

I wonder how many people would support these military interventions if they had actually had to write a $1352.94 check every year for the last 17 years?

War is not only costly in financial terms. As James Madison put it, “Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other.”

“War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”

Read the rest at tenthamendmentcenter.com and thelibertarianinstitute.org.

Originally published August 27, 2018.

Michael Maharrey is the communications director for the Tenth Amendment Center. He also runs GodArchy.org, a site exploring the intersection of Christianity and politics. Michael is the author of the book, Our Last Hope: Rediscovering the Lost Path to Liberty. You can visit his personal website at MichaelMaharrey.com, like him on Facebook HERE and follow him on Twitter @MMaharrey10th.

America Needs to Reconsider Its Foreign Aid Program, Stop Nation Building and End the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq

By Lee Enochs

Recently America's Defense Department announced that it has suspended $300 million in funding to Pakistan over what it calls the government's failure to take action against terrorists.

This suspension of aid is part of President Trump's broader cessation of funding to Pakistan which the President announced this past January. 

Trump and his administration believe Pakistan is not doing enough to curtail the terrorist activities of the Taliban and other extremist organizations that the Trump administration says are flourishing in Pakistan with the approval of its government.

"Due to a lack of Pakistani decisive actions in support of the South Asia Strategy," the $300 million was redirected to "other urgent priorities" before those funds were set to expire on September 30, U.S. Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Koné Faulkner told NPR.

While I personally commend President Trump for cutting off the gravy train from Pakistan, the subject of foreign aid in general should be called into question.

With the national debt now soaring over $21 trillion dollars, the United States cannot afford to continue to dole out endless cash payments to foreign governments.

Also, it is time for the Trump administration to pull America's military out of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars and cease attempting to fulfill the NeoCon dream of promoting its vision of globalist nation building abroad.

While cutting Pakistan off from receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in American taxpayer generated money, we need to reconsider our entire approach to foreign aid and foreign interventionism.

Lee Enochs is a political writer and pundit who currently lives in Southern California. Lee’s limited government articles and Op-Ed’s have appeared in newspapers and magazines across the country. Lee is also the author of the book, “The Case for Rand Paul.”

The Science of Positive Thinking

by Patrick McKnight

The power of positive thinking is real. People tend to make better decisions when they aren't making decisions based in fear or anger. Science now understands that through neuroplasticity the brain has incredible power to rewire itself. A positive mindset helps attract other positive people, buy how do we get started in today's negative political climate? Here are three great tips.

1. Be Thankful

Studies show that being grateful for what we have makes us happier.

Gratitude floods our brains with dopamine, the only chemical with the ability to drown out the negative thoughts, anxiety and worry. Gratitude is subject to the law of attraction. When we make an effort to be grateful, we find that life surprises us with more things to be grateful for.

Many people find that keeping a gratitude journal is a great way to cultivate this mindset. Before you to go to sleep at night, make a list everything you have to be grateful for that day. As time passes and your brain rewires, you will notice your list becoming longer and longer.

Having a gratitude mindset uses the power of positive thinking to its highest degree. Take the time to count your blessings instead of the money in your bank account. It sounds like a cliche but the results are very real.

2. Be Kind

Along with gratitude, studies have shown kindness can make us happier and lower our stress.

Studies also indicate that kindness is contagious. When someone is kind to you, you will be inspired to pay that kindness forward. The person who receives your kindness will feel the same way. Kindness also makes us more predisposed to feel grateful. If you feel yourself struggling with positive thinking, do a good deed for someone. You may be surprised to immediately feel better.

3. Reduce Stress

Sometimes it seems like everyone needs to take a deep breath and relax.

When we work too hard we actually become less healthy. When we sleep too little we become exhausted. When we don't make time for your family or friends, we feel lonelier. Making the effort to relax can be as easy as taking a few deep breaths and repeating steps and reviewing your list of things to feel gratitude for.

When stress exits our bodies our cells can actually regenerate more efficiently. Chilling out can literally help heal you.

What do you have to feel grateful for? How do you like to relax? Post your comments below and join the conversation.