Militarism ; $1 Trillion per Year
Gzedit, The Charleston Gazette (Charleston, WV)
During the "fiscal cliff" showdown, all West Virginia Democrats in Congress voted for the compromise ending the Bush tax cuts for the 1 percent elite who pocket more than $400,000 a year.
Hurrah. This late-night solution ended an economic crisis and sent a wave of relief across America. Investors were so buoyed that the stock market immediately jumped more than 300 points Wednesday.
West Virginia's two Republicans, Rep. Shelley Capito and Rep. David McKinley, voted against the compromise - but, luckily, they lost.
The GOP and its Tea Party wing are obsessed with protecting millionaires and billionaires from any tax increase. But Republicans never say this openly. Instead, they claim that the compromise didn't do enough to reduce federal spending.
When Republicans seek to cut spending, they usually want to curtail Medicare for the aging, Medicaid for the poor, food stamps for marginal families, Social Security for retirees and other people- helping programs.
Well, there's a much better way to lower spending and pare America's horrible federal deficits: Downsize the military.
The United States is the most militaristic nation on Earth, forcing taxpayers to shell out an estimated $1 trillion a year, counting all veteran expense and interest on past arms spending done with borrowed money. …