When the attacks on Sept 11 happened I felt such shock and surprise. I had not idea a bunch of rag tag degenerates could bring down the iconic buildings in my home, Manhattan. At the time, and now probably still, most people think the goal of al Qaeda was to kill Americans and to make us scared of every day life. Osama bin Laden also had another goal; it wasn’t covered much by the media but it was a goal he believed in strongly. It was to bankrupt the United States of America. He wanted us to have no financial clout or financial ability. He was able to get an inexperienced President to go in to two different wars that were both unpaid for. These wars, over the years to come, will cost trillions of dollars. The expenses are not just the war itself, they also include the aftermath; where healthcare must be provided to the brave men and women who fought in these wars. They are coming home with monumental amounts of needs; from PTSB to unemployment, to amputations. The Government that sent them to war must provide for them when they come home. The military has suffered greatly and the cost of that in the future will be tremendous. The job they have done has been outstanding, and since there is no draft we should all be grateful for them.
Back to Osama’s goal of bankrupting the US, he did a pretty good job of it. The costs of the wars, the costs of the military people will add trillions to our debt. But also, for the future, we have a Military Defense Complex that is growing and growing. The budget for the pentagon has skyrocketed. Are we letting Osama’s goal happen? This is a subject we need to pay close attention to. Obama’s use of military drones, instead of hundreds of thousands of boots on the ground, has been a fantastic success. Obama has fought the war on terror much more shrewdly than Bush did. We need to make sure this continues. We want complete security for our homeland, but we can do it in a better way, as we have seen with Obama.
Our National debt is extremely important, and needs to be dealt with. Right now our economy is too weak to implement spending cuts or tax hikes. That doesn’t mean we can’t have a 10 year plan; the economy has to grow first then the debt reduction needs to kick in. We need to change our tax code so extremely wealthy people don’t get tax write offs for their second homes. If you earn more you should pay more, period. The economy might be too fragile now to raise any taxes, as Bill Clinton said, then didn’t say; but we need stimulus now to grow the economy, then a change in the tax code and tax exemptions so we bring in more revenue to lower the debt. Spending cuts will be included, but we have to think big picture.
Osama bin Laden wanted to do more than just bring down the iconic Twin Towers and to terrorize Americans; he wanted to bankrupt and destroy our Country. We need to make sure that doesn’t happen. Take off your label of Dem, Rep, Moderate, Conservative and lets work out a plan so this Country remains the Super Power that it is.