On Military and Spending, It’s Trump Versus Trump

By Ron Paul

It can be a challenge to follow the pronouncements of President Trump, as he often seems to change his position on any number of items from week to week, or from day to day, or even from minute to minute. Consider his speech last week at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). It was reported as “fiery” and “blistering,” but it was also full of contradictions.

In the speech, President Trump correctly pointed out that the last 15 years of US military action in the Middle East has been an almost incomprehensible waste of money – six trillion dollars,

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Trump to Congress: Give Pentagon $54B. I’ll Tell You Why Later

The military is big government. Real big. We spend vast vast sums on the military now. What we need is a smaller, less manpower intensive, more specialized, and less expensive military.

Military spending and the Military Industrial Complex is one of the cronyist parts of the government. But “conservatives” always give such spending a pass. They should not.

We love the cuts to other agencies but why not just give it back to the taxpayers whence it came?

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Trump must slay the ‘sacred cow’ of the budget: Defense spending

Sharpen the knives and get to it. It is WAY past time.

The Pentagon is filled to the gills with cronies and crony capitalism. And Republicans have encouraged this “waste and abuse” – this is the kind way of saying it, and it is on a massive scale – for too long. Do the right thing for once Congress. CUT SPENDING especially on the military civilian bureaucracy which is a taxpayer funded gravy train if there ever was one.

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As Trump contemplates increased military spending let’s take a moment watch this warning from President (General) Eisenhower (VIDEO)

The Pentagon is an area that should see massive cuts. Historic cuts. I say this as a military brat and as one who has  beloved family in the military. The military should be much smaller and much more efficient. As technology has ramped up there are large areas to cut. So cut them.

But you know what should be much smaller still? That massive post military career works program called The Military Industrial Complex. For some reason there is the assumption that after the military military people should work for defense contractors.

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Military spending super creepy style. The Navy’s new drone swarms (VIDEO)

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I guess this is federal money that at least produced something. I guess that is …. good? Imagine these guys coming up over a ridge. Yikes. Even crazier, imagine this technology at 1/10th the scale. Double yikes.

Yet another way algorithms are impacting our lives.

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