Bad Faith, Bad Politics

To the Editor:

After months of obstruction by corporate Democrats claiming $3.5 trillion dollars over 10 years, equalling $350 billion annually, was far too much to spend on the American people, the same deficit hawks, other moderate democrats and GOP alike have decided a $768 billion defense bill, for a SINGLE year, seems just about right. $768,000,000,000 for a single year, if this passes the Senate it will be the largest defense bill ever.

What deficit. Let’s translate this, the social spending bill (Build Back Better) as originally proposed would have provided paid family leave for 100’s of millions of Americans, vision and dental for medicare recipients, free community college and universal pre-K and child care, programs that would have massive positive impacts on people’s lives, can be squabbled over and whittled away to nothing. Meanwhile a bill for defense spending, more than double the annual price tag of the social spending gets through the house without any fight and is working its way through the senate now! What a goddamn embarrassment.

Annually, we, the United States spends more than the next 10 countries combined, so to put that in perspective we could cut that defense bill in half and still have the largest military budget in the world by a long shot. Can we really justify $7.68 trillion for the military but not $3.5 trillion for the American people and for the future of the country? OK fine, spend a bunch of money on endless war, forget about the real people that the tax dollars are supposed to help but at least have the gall to look the people in the face and say it’s all a show.

What is happening in Washington with moderate centrist Democrats and the entirety of the GOP is bad faith and just bad politics. If you thought people had lost faith in the system before, pass the Defense spending bill and leave the half baked social spending bill to die and wither on the floor, then see where our democracy goes. Maybe Trump 2024, probably worse.

Evan Carlson

Sutton, Vt.

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Eddy R. Woodchuck III

The 'charity" in the Big Reset proposal is great in the short term but the sinister part is it is intended to keep the public pacified so and while more freedom and wealth can be siphoned from the 99% to the top with less resistance.

LAWRENCE BLACK

National defense is a Constitutional responsibility of the federal government. "Free" stuff is nowhere to be found.

We can argue about the waste in the defense spending, but the government has no business acting as a charity.

Evan Carlson

The only charity the Feds have been doling out over the past three decades is bonuses to corporation. The defense bill is no different, Lockheed, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman collect massive funds from government contracts then put 15% bonuses into the executives hands. I'd say Lockheed's CEO getting a $1,800,000.00 bonus of the backs of American tax payers is some bullshit neo-liberal charity. Open your eyes Lawerence.

Eddy R. Woodchuck III

The Big Reset is the old globalist elite's new veneer for permanent enslavement of US citizens, They control almost all the oil companies, defense contractors, major world banks, US Government, and controlling interests in Big Tech, the "green sustainable companies" that are less green and less sustainable than those existing that burn fossil fuels. They own the media and have been working to instill their ideology of communist lies thru the colleges and universities so good people support them and their programs of lies and control. They put the communist Chinese Party in control right after WW2 to use the slave labor to takeout the US, The two party illusion and much more are fabrications created by the social engineers to herd people like sheep to slaughter. The final solution is the medical tyranny now being imposed that is in full swing.

Eddy R. Woodchuck III

Evan is correct. The "Build Back Better" fascist takeover is the written plan by Davos Group world elite head Karl Schwab who represents the top corporations and the wealthiest of the world who want to finalize their complete control and enslavement of and over the 99%. They are in the process of printing so much money so that the currency is worthless so in effect, it will not raise " taxes" as the plan is to destroy society and the monetary system as we know it. "Taxes" will simply be your vaccine passport loaded with your carbon budget./ carbon tax/usefulness to fascists hierarchy scores.

Eddy R. Woodchuck III

To reiterate Evan, the deficit is a fallacy that is in the same league as saying there is no such thing as an income tax. Fascist elements of society will be paid for their service for lying and supporting the Globalists who enslave the 99%, and the rest can pay their taxes and Cower in silence,

Eileen Kristoff

Sir nothing is free...certainly not community college. Seriously? Where do you think the money to pay for these services would come from?? Think about that....

Evan Carlson

Eileen, the deficit is a fallacy, especially when we can have endless blank checks for defense spending but no money for social program that will actually help generate more tax revenue for the country.

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