When asked recently to respond to written request of ‘whether the war in Iraq was worthwhile’ Democrat candidate Elizabeth Warren responded with this:
“We should exhaust all other options before going to war, and we must never again put wars on a credit card for our grandchildren to pay for,” Warren wrote. “If war is unavoidable and in our national interest, then we should be willing to pay for it as we fight it.”
Though I agree with her that we should always explore every option before going to war – the response is unrealistic and niave.
To begin, every war we wage for the next hundred years, or however long it takes to pay off our national debt, will be on credit cards to be paid by our grandchildren. We do not have a choice in the matter. Our federal government has so overspent every penny, nickel and dime they ask for that we can do nothing but accrue further expense on our credit card.
Second, will that be her response when some middle eastern dictator attacks Israel or the United States? ‘Gee, we can’t fight right now because we are very overspent and the taxpayers are kinda tapped out at the moment, sorry!’…. National defense is not something you do only if it falls within the budget – you do it to save lives…American lives!!
Third, Why is it okay to put the birth control funding of Obamacare on the national credit card, but not self defense? Why are the outrageous pensions, health care benefits and GSA luxury travel expenses okay to put on the credit card, but not self defense? Why is it okay to put the entire budget of Elizabeth Warren’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on the credit card, but not national defense?
This leaves an obvious follow up question. If we don’t put the cost of war on the credit card then how do we pay for it? A war tax? Cut the heck out of the existing budget i.e. Medicare, social security, federal worker layoffs? What is the answer Elizabeth?