Recently, I wrote about the failures of this current Administration and the members of Congress as it pertains to our national security. Specifically, the Iranian arms negotiations, the American hostages rotting in Iranian prisons for trumped-up charges, and the naturalized US citizen-jihadist who just murdered five loyal members of our Navy and Marine Corps. in Tennessee. Needless to say, I received some flack. My seemingly anti-Muslim sentiments were met with protests and some made a concerted effort to make me seem insensitive and callous when I called for the deportation of the family members that harbored their terrorist son/nephew/brother that recently returned to the US after a trip to connect with his family (also, their family) in Kuwait, Jordan, and who knows where else. Please understand this: I make absolutely no apologies for my position on this matter.
I’ve spent quite some time reading the history of the Middle East, our relationship with the Arab states, our position on Israel, the Quran, Sharia Law, the degradation of the citizens of that region, and the highly misguided U.S. and international policies that have morphed over the past century leading us to this point. I’ve drawn multiple timelines over and again from the late 1800’s and the efforts to escape the Ottoman Empire, to today, realizing that American involvement in the Middle East was quite late in the game but so forceful, we’ve completely lost our way, destroyed cultures, and become gluttonous on resources that truly were never ours to have.
As a history and economics major, I often find myself compartmentalizing matters into two categories: Incentive and Outcome. What is the incentive for a behavior? and What is the outcome over time? If the true definition of insanity is repeating a behavior over and over and over again, yet expecting a different result, I can only assess that we are in the throws. The lunatics are officially running the asylum. All 535 of them, in Armani suits and with unlimited PAC and SUPERPAC funds at their disposal.
Personally, as the time to vote approaches, I study the federal budgets vigorously. I download each department’s commitments, spends, and the agencies that are accountable for the oversight as well as the recipient companies that grow richer and richer from the fiscally irresponsible decisions made by Congress, this President, and his predecessors. I pour over the spreadsheets and research the management teams of the corporations to answer the question: Who are they and to whom are they connected? As a taxpaying business owner, I feel it’s my responsibility. I don’t know many, nee any people who do this exercise. Many wouldn’t know how to look, or what they’re looking at. But I promise, numbers don’t lie. There is no way to misinterpret a check that is issued by one organization and cashed by another, whether it’s for a service or product, it’s certainly “black and white”. Just ask the IRS.
In my daily business life, everything is about cashflow. This government’s operations are no different, but the stakes are far higher than that of my little companies, and the fat cats that are getting rich off the backs of Americans and at the expense of millions of lives internationally is a crime that has perpetuated this horrific state of affairs for decades. Since the big industrial boom, no politician has been strong enough to ward off corporate interest and corruption and win. Not one. The politicians that resist are quickly ousted by the elite club, and more of the same back-office, dirty handshake deals are made. The cycle continues.
As a former member of the Navy, my respect for the need for national security is somewhat heightened when in comparison to my non-military friends on the “outside” of the fishbowl. Friends in the intelligence community have expressed their dismay with civilian members of the government who poo-poo military leadership advisors’ recommendations and create deadly policies for profit that disregard the fundamental philosophy of this country. After all, what do military leadership know? When you have a Congress making policy on warfare, military budgets, and national defense that has less than 100 members overall having ever served in the military and understand how it operates, the results are exactly what we are experiencing. When people in leadership are not loyal or courageous enough to serve and protect for their nation, but just vested enough to profit from their nation, there’s a serious problem.
In an effort to make already available information more available, I will be writing a series of articles on the budget, the historic timeline of the Middle East policies that have created our current state of affairs, and provide all links and documents for all of you readers to research for yourself. While I doubt many of you will tackle reading the budgets, and ponder if you even really give a damn about international, legislative, judicial, or defense policies that are eroding this country unless it starts with the names “Jenner” or “Kardashian”, I can at least assist you in understanding who is getting the cash, why they’re getting it, and which members of Congress and this Administration are profiting from it. It will be riveting. You’ll love reading it while sitting on the toilet.
Disclaimer: I am a Registered Republican but have not voted based on party lines since I registered to vote at 18 yrs of age. I vote based on research, capability, and least amount of corruption. I have been mistakenly called a “Tea Party Radical” by the Democratic Party of Florida’s member Alan Clandenin, and a “Democrat Light” by the Palm Beach Democratic Party’s Parliamentarian Ira J. Raab. I hold people accountable for their actions, including myself. I avoid the news and watch CSPAN. I’m a lousy liar. I am a feminist. I am a Veteran. I’m pro small business, pro-choice, pro-military, and anti-jihadist. I have two companies, 15 employees, 2 kids and 1 cat.