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The Republicans are leading the United States to its destruction. We are fading the way of the Roman Empire, the British Empire, the colonial powers of the French and the Spaniards, because we want to police the world and engage in imperial conquest for oil and to fuel the defense industry. Meanwhile, services to our own people at home are disgraceful. There is no universal health care, retirement plans are being canceled, people, except the 1% of the rich, are getting poorer.

The Democrats are no better because they are as beholden to the corporations as the Repubicans are. The corporations, especially the defense industry, has bought our government for its own interests which is profit.

Today I am starting a new category on my blog called "Platform of rationality". This is a platform for policies for the people of the United States which would lead to a healthier country.

The first plank in the platform of rationality is to cut defense spending. Will it be guns or butter? The United States has the largest defense budget in the world, the biggest of all other countries combined, and the largest discretionary piece of the federal government. Who are we planning on using all this equipment and personnel on? Terrorists? In Iraq they are beating us with a $2.50 road side bomb made with parts they got from Radio Shack.

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The bozos in Washtington aren't going to change the defense spending because its the military contractors who contribute to their campaigns and get them elected.

Here's what is suggested on the Avenging Angels web site:

There is only one political force in America strong enough to break the Military Industrial Complex stranglehold on federal budgeting. It isn’t the Democrats and it isn’t the Republicans. It’s the U.S. taxpayer. Taxpayer sanity can cut the Pentagon down to size. Here is how it can work.

A “Truth in Federal Spending Act” Let’s call it the “Truth in Federal Spending Act of 2007.” It mandates three revolutionary steps:

First, it requires the administration to inform every single taxpayer--personally—as to what was done with his or her money last year. Exactly how was discretionary spending allocated?

Second, it invites every single taxpayer to re-allocate that spending according to his or her priorities.

Third, it requires that the White House report to Congress the collective results of this national exercise in priority shifting.

It's time for new national priorities. What better time to be setting them than this fall when we are electing new people to congress, and as we enter the campaign season for 2008. Don't worry about gay marriage, and flag burning amendments. Halliburton and Bechtel, Lockheed and Raytheon are stealing your Social Security pension by getting the next congressperson and senator elected in your state. Begin to push the Platform of Rationality instead of the Platform of Greed.

Link: Avenging Angels Plank 3.

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