How Medicare and Social Security Will Hammer the Military.

On Fox News, we read:

A feud between Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., escalated Wednesday when McCain called the 2016 presidential hopeful “the worst possible candidate” on the issue of national security.

McCain’s comments, made on Fox News’ “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” were in response to Paul calling McCain and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C,. “lapdogs for President Obama” on foreign policy.

Paul made his remarks Tuesday on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” when asked about recent criticisms of his foreign policy outlook by Graham and McCain.

“This comes from a group of people who have been wrong about every foreign policy issue over the last two decades,” Paul said.

McCain responded in full force Wednesday:

“Senator Paul is the worst possible candidate of the 20 or so that are running on the most important issue, which is national security.”

McCain said Paul had in the past doubted if ISIS was a threat to U.S. national security, had proposed a budget in 2011 that would cut defense spending by 30 percent and said Iran wasn’t a threat to Israel.

“The record is very clear that [Paul] does not have an understanding of the needs or the threats of United States national security,” McCain said.

Let us think about what has happened over the past 15 years. The US invaded Afghanistan, and it’s been embroiled by bloody civil war ever since. The US invaded Iraq, and now it’s probably one of the most blood-soaked and brutal locations in the world. The US and NATO supported the effort to bring down Gaddafi, and now Libya is wracked with relentless violent conflict. The US sent money and guns to Syrian rebels, and now Syria is one of the most miserable places on earth. The US started massive drone bombing campaigns in Yemen and Pakistan, which more or less started civil wars both countries.

It is obvious what United States military intervention in Islamic nations produces: a tenfold increase in violence, bloodshed, and instability.

Iraq is by far the most obvious example. I have discussed it before. Saddam was a bad guy, but he kept things under control. I don’t think I’m the only one who believes Iraq would’ve been better off if the USA had left them alone.

How McCain and the other neoconservatives can point the finger at anyone but themselves is beyond me. These are people who are truly in denial and out of touch with reality. McCain represents the worst of everything that has made the Middle East and Afghanistan into the rumbling, bloody volcano that it is today: a dedication to jingoism, government spending, and state-sponsored violence as a way of life.

The paradigm in Washington is set: Democrats play along with foreign military adventures so long as welfare programs remain funded, while Republicans play along with welfare boondoggles so long as the Pentagon remains funded. This is referred to as “log-pushing”, which is what results when Democrats and Republicans cooperate. In my opinion, there is nothing worse than when politicians “reach across the aisle” and cooperate, because it simply means they’re finding new ways to agree on screwing us. Give me gridlock!

Americans, generally speaking, are committed to foreign interventionism and military adventures. The populace likes seeing the US government push foreign governments around. The problem is that this mindset is an instance of “reaching across the aisle”. There is zero mainstream commitment from either Democrats or Republicans to wind down the US military empire into a strictly defensive structure. There is zero mainstream commitment to non-interventionism in foreign affairs that do not directly concern the USA. Such a mindset is referred to as “isolationism” by left-wing and right-wing figures alike. Nobody is remotely interested in transforming American foreign and military policy into something like Switzerland’s, which I consider a model for the USA to follow.

Problem: this delicate balance will not last much longer. Examine the image below:

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The two largest chunks are military spending and Medicare spending. Medicare is absolutely gargantuan. It is the largest welfare program in the history of mankind. With Medicare, however, Social security must also be considered. They are the twin crown jewels of American welfare. And the number of people relying on these benefits is going to get larger.

The US government is fundamentally bankrupt. Social Security and Medicare have guaranteed this. When this finally begins to manifest itself, the fury of the most powerful voting bloc in America will be awoken: the elderly voting bloc. Elderly people, both Republican and Democrat, love Social Security and Medicare. No politician ever dares even broach the subject of cutting these programs, lest the elderly voting bloc toss them out on their cans in the next election.

So when the US government needs to make cuts, we know where the cuts will come from: military spending. The Military-Industrial Complex is indeed quite powerful and influential; but when push comes to shove, the oldsters are going to vote in favor of welfare over military empire. They ain’t gonna poopie where they eat.

When this happens, it will spell the end of American empire as we know it. The military is going to get hammered, and the US government will not even be able to pretend that they can police the world, which they already cannot do.

Warhawks like McCain had better enjoy the American military empire while it lasts. When the US government finally can no longer sustain the deficit, they’re going to look for where they can make the most cuts to prop up the old-age welfare programs. The military budget is the only one large enough to sustain meaningful cuts.

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