Warring against limited government

Conservatives would love to scrap the income tax. Question: How do you do this and still support all the wars and defense?

Look at the math. The government is slated to take in about $2 trillion in tax revenue this year. Around $866 billion of that is from the income tax, while another $842 billion comes from FICA (which is supposed to be earmarked for various entitlements like social security). Meanwhile, the U.S. government is spending over $1 trillion a year on wars, overseas bases, and missiles (note: the US debt clock shows less, but that figure does not include supplemental appropriations).

Let us reason together, conservatives: How do we scrap the income tax and yet spend $1 trillion a year on defense? The government isn’t bringing in enough from the income tax to even fund current defense/war spending. Surely you don’t want to raise taxes. Surely you don’t want to continue the ruinous borrowing. Surely you don’t want the Fed to further debase the money supply.

Limited government and foreign interventionism are simply incompatible. The current level of defense spending is unsustainable.

Here is the argument I always hear: “Yes, but defense is a constitutional function. If the government didn’t spend so much on unconstitutional things like social entitlements, it could afford to fund Iraq and Afghanistan and our overseas bases!” While it is imperative that all social entitlement spending be phased out, the argument is simply wrong. Again, look at the figures. The current budget for wars and defense ALONE is enough to ensure “big government.”

Financially, these wars are a real danger to freedom, especially if a dollar collapse results in social chaos. I’m with Ron Paul that our presence in foreign countries does more harm than good anyway, but we’ve hit a point where the U.S. either brings the troops home and closes its bases now in orderly fashion, or it scoots home later with its tail between its legs.

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