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Thursday, November 05, 2015
The Real Issues You Won't Hear from the 2016 Presidential Candidates This Election Year
The national debt.
Why aren’t politicians talking about the
whopping $18.1 trillion
and rising that our
government owes to foreign countries, private corporations and its retirement programs
? Not only is the U.S. the largest debtor nation in the world, but according to
, “the amount of interest on the national debt is estimated to be
accumulating at a rate of over one million dollars per minute
.” Shouldn’t the government being on the verge of bankruptcy be an issue worth talking about?
Black budget spending.
costs the American taxpayer $52.6 billion every year to be spied on by the sixteen or so intelligence agencies
tasked with surveillance, data collection, counterintelligence and covert activities. The agencies operating with black budget (top secret) funds include the CIA, NSA and Justice Department. Clearly, our right to privacy seems to amount to nothing in the eyes of the government and those aspiring to office.
Despite all the talk about big and small government, what we have been saddled with is a
government that is outsourcing much of its work to high-paid contractors
at great expense to the taxpayer and with no competition, little transparency and dubious savings. According to the
, “By some estimates, there are
twice as many people doing government work under contract than there are government workers
.” These open-ended contracts, worth hundreds of millions of dollars, “now account for anywhere between one quarter and one half of all federal service contracting.” Moreover, any attempt to reform the system is “
bitterly opposed by federal employee unions
, who take it as their mission to prevent good employees from being rewarded and bad employees from being fired.”
Cost of war.
Then there’s the detrimental impact the government’s endless wars (fueled by the profit-driven military industrial complex) is having on our communities, our budget and our police forces. In fact, the
U.S. Department of Defense is the world’s largest employer
, with more than 3.2 million employees. Since 9/11, we’ve spent more than
$1.6 trillion to wage wars in Afghanistan and Iraq
. When you add in our military efforts in Pakistan, as well as
the lifetime price of health care for disabled veterans and interest on the national debt, that cost rises to $4.4 trillion
Despite the fact that the
U.S. spends more on education
than any other developed nation, our students continue to
lag significantly behind other advanced industrial nations
. Incredibly, teenagers in
the U.S. ranked 36th in the world
in math, reading and science.
Americans know little to nothing about their rights or how the government is supposed to operate
. This includes educators and politicians. For example, 27 percent of elected officials cannot name even one right or freedom guaranteed by the First Amendment, while
54 percent do not know the Constitution gives Congress the power to declare war
. As one law professor notes:
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11/05/2015 05:44:00 AM
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John W. Whitehead