Until Congress gets rid of the Patriot Act and the FISA Amendments Act, laws that enable excessive, out of control government espionage against American citizens, no money should be approved to fund technology that can be used to spy against us more effectively, whether that technology is deployed in the sky, on the ground, or under the sea.
An example of the cost of American militarization: An earmark inserted into this year’s military appropriations bill by U.S. Representative John Carter. The earmark would spend two and a half million dollars to restore land within Fort Hood that have been ruined by military training exercises.
Do kids really need specialized infield dirt and big scoreboards to play a game of baseball? Of course not. Give them a 3-acre field, a baseball bat, a ball, and a big cardboard box to cut into four bases, and the game will be every bit as good.
Looking at this earmark, you’ve got to wonder if Zach Wamp regards the military as a means of national defense, or a tool for religious conversion. If Wamp were allowed to design the entire U.S. military, you’d have a force of flabby, out of shape soldiers who could recite any Bible verse by heart.