While all this news is happening about the police shootings in Dallas on July 7 we were busy ramping up our troop involvement overseas.
On July 6 we heard that Obama will leave more troops than planned in Afghanistan.
He was supposed to leave 5,500 troops there but now that’ll be 8,500.
Why do we need any troops there? In my opinion it’s so we can keep the opium crop secure for both the CIA – to use to make heroin for their black budget – and for Big Pharma – to make legal opiate drugs that doctors push.
We know that in 2008 we spent $187 billion on that war.
Then two days after the Afghanistan troop announcement, on July 8, we were told by Obama that we’ll be sending 1,000 troops to Poland to aid with NATO exercises intended to rile-up Russia.
Then three days after that we were told that we’ll send 560 more troops into Iraq.
Yeah, that news came just today.
In 6 days we’ve committed an additional 4,560 troops overseas.
We discussed last November after the attacks in Paris that we already have 160,000 troops overseas now.
Currently we’re spending $598 billion on defense.
Is that the best use of that money?
I guess we should be thankful that we’re not spending $671 billion like we were in 2009, huh?
I feel we have our priorities screwed up, and big time.
Why aren’t our congressmen up in arms over this waste of money? I want to see that. I want to see them talk about this waste.
Will they? I sure hope so. I’m sick of it.
For comparison’s sake, Montana’s GDP was $43 billion in 2007, so that’d be like 5 years of Montana’s economic output that we spend just making interest payments.
Why are we doing this?
I don’t know, but I hope we stop.
Foreign bankers don’t, however, and they control the Federal Reserve, and thus interest rates.
Currently we have an interest rate of 0.25%. If that was raised the quarter point that the Fed often hints it’d like to do, we’d have to pay an additional $50 billion in interest on our national debt each year.
Can you begin to understand why interest rates are kept low?
It helps the politicians that don’t know what to do, but it does nothing for people that would like to live off the interest their savings gives to them.
Back in the year 2000 we had a 6% interest rate, meaning if you have $100,000 saved up in the bank you could expect to draw $6,000 in interest a year.
Maybe not much, but if you’re paying $500 in rent you’ll have that cost covered with no sweat.
Now with our interest rates of 0.25% you’re making $250 a year. That might get you a couple months on the power bill, but that’s it.
Why are we doing this?
Why aren’t our politicians up in arms over this fleecing of America?
I’m sick of it, damn it, but what else can I do but throw up my hands in frustration?
At least I can write here, and I hope you’re feeling as pissed as I am.
KGVO News reported that Bullock was in Missoula today.
You can see a video of him rallying the troops here:
Bullock is mainly concerned about getting out the vote so he can get his second term.
He talks a lot about our abysmal funding for education, and I guess by giving him that second term that’ll change.
Lots of old people in attendance at the rally, and honestly, I don’t think that’ll do the trick of convincing the 60% of Missoula voters that don’t vote to vote this year.
Maybe if Democrats talked about our terrible wars, the spending on them, and our national debt and terrible interest rates, people would get interested.
I just don’t see Democrats doing that, however.
What the hell is that?
It’s a redo of the failed 20-year Amazon anniversary Prime launch last year that customers got kind of pissed at.
The main reason for that was the lack of inventory and deals.
I dunno – I’m a poor bastard and I don’t spend much on Amazon, and I sure don’t have Amazon Prime.
But maybe you do or maybe you want to.
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