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Vic Biorseth, OWM; Friday,
November 29, 2013
We need to dispell the Lefto-Marxist anti-Constitutional myth that says that Defense is our biggest national expense. Millions have been indoctrinated and propagandized into believing that, if it wasn't for all the money we spend on wars, our economy would be roaring, or at least healthy. That is a lie. It was always a lie.
US Defense spending is dwarfed by US entitlement spending. As we pointed out in the Cut Social Security page, Social Security spending alone is larger than defense spending, ever, including in time of war. Yet the Marxocrat Party, with dependable go-along-to-get-along Republicrat bipartisan support, always, always seeks to cut national defense, ostensibly in the name of "fiscal sanity."
They are treacherous liars.
Social Security is just one of many, many entitlement programs. Throw in all the other welfare, food stamp, etc., programs and you might begin to see how defense is ever increasingly short-changed, I believe on purpose. Then throw Obamacare into the mix, and all of a sudden everything we spend national money on is dwarfed. Just about every entitlement program comes into being or grows at the expense of defense.
Consider the fact that National Defense is listed in Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution, but not one single entitlement is listed there. That which the Constitution mandates, we cut; that which is completely outside the Constitution, we spend on, at the expense of what is mandated by law.
That's fiscal sanity?
US Dept of Veterans Affairs (VA)
The VA health care system maintains some 171 medical centers, more than 350 outpatient, community, and
outreach clinics, 126 nursing home care units and 35 domiciliaries. VA
health care facilities provide a broad spectrum of medical, surgical,
and rehabilitative care.
The VA has three main subdivisions:
From the Revolutionary War on, the need was recognized to take care of the widows and orphans of American fighting men, and care for the grievously wounded veterans and their dependents. Military spouses and children are covered along with servicemen and women. Generally, National Guard and Reserve members who serve completely within the US borders and who do not see action are not covered under VA, except for any service connected injuries. All active duty, all foreign service and all war-zone service is covered.
In our opinion, VA should be expanded, not reduced. The best health care practitioners should be attracted to VA by competitive pay incentives and the best medical facilities. "Overflow" veteran patients or dependent patients should be treated at any military facility or at any civilian facility at VA expense. That includes medical treatment, rehabilitation, outpatient, and domicile or "continued care" facilities.
These vets put their lives on the line for all of us. The least we can do is to put our tax dollars on the line for them.
This is the last of the Cut the Spending pages. If we are ever going to get out of the economic hole our professional politicians of both Parties have dug us into, we are going to have to cut whole agencies and bureaucracies to do it. Look at the rest of the related pages at the link.
On this day after Thanksgiving, give thanks to the Lord for He is good; his mercy is never ending.
Addendum August 2, 2014:
After all the recent scandalous revelations regarding secret waiting lists and botched health care for vets, my position has changed.
First, let me state that my own experience with VA health care has been excellent, although limited. Medical check ups and prescription refills about covers it. The one and only emergency visit I ever had was handled exceptionally well in every regard, including follow-up.
However, the recent news break regarding the secret lists and the cover-up reveals the fact that bureaucracy itself, once again, has outgrown mission. Probably by a huge factor.
VA hospitals should probably be privatized the same way and using the same method we recommended for privatizing public schools. Those that are able to compete with others in the open market place will stay open, those that cannot will close, or be taken over by someone who can do the job.
Those of us who hold a valid VA patient photo ID card should be able to take it to any military base hospital or military facility health care clinic and receive government reimbursed care. Emergency cases should be reimbursable at any civilian medical facility in America. Emergency VA cases could transfer patients to military hospitals as soon as practical. There are a lot more military medical facilities around than VA facilities.
Again, while I can't speak about a whole lot of personal VA health care experience, what little I've had was all good. I really think these problems are bureaucratic, not medical, at least at the Dayton Ohio facility. Bureaucracy is seldom good to begin with, and bureaucracy, by its very nature, will always grow itself.
(Side Note: I'm one of those dumb vets who didn't know until recent history that he was covered by VA. I've always taken care of my own health care one way or another. Then, one day when I was making a delivery of blood samples from Wright Patterson AFB to the Dayton VA hospital lab, I met a patient there who goes to my Church. In conversation with him, I learned that I was covered. I thought you had to be retired military, or wounded or somehow disabled in service to qualify. So, I got my DD214, got in line and got myself covered. All these years I could have been covered. Poor Vic.)
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The Purpose for this grouping of links is to show, first, the unconstitutional bureaucracies that need to be cut, and second, to highlight ideas toward restoring America toward her original Constitutional design.
The Cut The Spending Pages
Most of this site describes what is wrong; this one describes what to do about it. If we don't get rid of the extra-Constitutional entities we are over-paying for they will eventually economically strangle us to death as a nation.
Shut down unneeded bureaucracy, for budget’s sake. In the name of fiscal sanity, we need to shut down unneeded bureaucracy.
Cut USDA budget, in whole or in part. Is agriculture the constitutional business of the federal government?
Department of Commerce: Cut DOC budget, with a meat axe. Argument to cut DOC; in times like these, no bureaucracy is sacred.
Dept of Defense: Budget cuts here need to be of the scalpel variety. Defense cuts need to be done very carefully lest we harm national security.
Cut the ED budget, in whole. Is education the constitutional business of the federal government?
Argument against Public Education, which is, in fact, Government Indoctrination. Public Education equals State Indoctrination, pure and simple. Education is beyond the scope of government and not what our government is constituted to do.
Cut DOE budget, with a meat axe. Other than nuclear, how is any energy source the business of federal government?
Cut HHS budget, completely. How, exactly, is any Health and/or Human Services the Constitutional business of federal government?
Cut Social Security: Elimination of America’s Largest Budget Expenditure. How to Cut Social Security and begin the return to fiscal sanity.
Cut DHS budget, completely. Homeland Security is the proper domain of Defense, CIA and FBI. We should cut DHS completely.
Cut HUD budget, completely. How, exactly, is Housing or Urban Development the Constitutional business of federal government?
At this moment in time, most Constitutionalists would love to kill the IRS. How do you Kill the IRS? Fast-track and pass the Fair Tax. Very simple; nothing to it.
Cut DOJ budget, with a paring knife, but, radically. We need to cut DOJ unnecessary and unrelated functions to streamline the function of justice.
Cut DOL, completely. The Dept of Labor has no Constitutional reason to exist. We should cut DOL, which, like organized labor itself, was born of Marx's Communist Manifesto.
Cut EPA, completely. EPA has no Constitutional reason to exist. How, exactly, are the environment or natural resources the Constitutional business of the Federal Government?
Cut DOS (State Departement) budget excess fat. Cut DOS unnecessary functions and get back to State business.
Cut DOI (Department Of Interior) with a meat axe. We can eliminate ninety percent of Interior bureaucracy when we cut DOI.
Restoring our Treasury Department to its original purpose for being. On restoring our Treasury from Fascist Crony Capitalism, i.e., the Fed.
If we really need to cut spending, we should cut DOT with a meat axe. We should cut DOT and all these other bureaucracies that are regulating us to death.
Cut bureaucracy, but leave VA alone. In fact, we should build up the VA. In the aftermath of Marxocrat and Republicrat cuts to defense, both defense and the VA need new attention.
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