posted on May, 10 2010 @ 06:37 PM
reply to post by kinda kurious
I saw '2009' in your post before I saw it on the image. That's why I directed my question to you.
And yes, you have an effect.. Don't know if I'd call it a light-headed woozy one, but it's an effect.
Back on topic with me, I can't explain how anyone else reconciles a desire for smaller government with a desire to leave social security and medicare
alone. I can only explain how I reconcile the two.
With the amount of fraud running through both programs, it is entirely possible to rework them so that they aren't as susceptible to fraud thereby
reducing the amount of funding they require and the size of the programs without preventing people who truly do need help from getting it. I don't
see this as being in conflict with my desire for smaller government. Take those programs out of the federal governments control and put the states in
charge of them and claims of conflict make no sense.
As far as the military spending goes, I'd love to see a lot of those peace-keeping missions ended. If we've spent 10, 15, or 20 years in a country,
I'd say we've spent enough of our own money keeping the peace and it's time for them to do it on their own. Some of them may be necessary, but I'd
be willing to wager that quite a few of them are not.
And yes, I'd like to see the wars ended as well before someone asks why I haven't mentioned them. The problem there is that we effectively broke
Afghanistan and Iraq more so than they already were. It's our moral responsibility to fix what we broke and help them get to where they can handle
the insurgents on their own. If we pull out too soon, they'll just be over-ran and more innocent people will die.
To me, smaller government isn't just about less spending though. It's also about less government intrusion into areas they have no business
involving themselves in. It's about making it clear to the federal government that they are not the ones with all the power, the states are. It's
about making it clear to our 'elected officials' that the Constitution is not just an easily dismissed piece of paper. It's the foundation of our
countries laws and the federal government is subject to the limits laid out in it at all times. Not just when it's convenient for them.