Email: How can we reign in America’s most unaccountable bureaucracy?

From the desk of George O’Neill, Jr.
Co-Founder, Come Home America

Dear Fellow Conservative,

If there is one thing all true conservatives know, it’s this:

There is no such thing as a free lunch.

All of America’s deficit spending, all of our accumulated debt—one day you and I and our kids and our grandkids will have to pay for it. The bill will come due. And the longer we put it off, the more expensive it gets.

But you wouldn’t know that from the way the Washington establishment continues to throw money around.

The Washington elite thinks we can spend our way to prosperity. They have never met a cause or problem that didn’t merit massive federal spending.

That’s true even when that cause or problem isn’t ours, but some other country’s!

We quite literally cannot afford to go on this way.

Will you help my friends and me steer America off the Bankruptcy Road by reigning in America’s most unaccountable bureaucracy?

In a moment, I’ll tell you what that bureaucracy is. You may be surprised.

But first, let me tell you who am. My name is George O’Neill, Jr. I’m aNewsmax reader, like you. I’ve also been working in the conservative movement for over three decades.

I’ve worked hard for many years to defend the most fundamental conservative principles—principles like

  • the rule of law;
  • the separation of powers;
  • limited government;
  • constitutionalism;
  • fiscal prudence; and
  • a strong national defense.

That is why two years ago I co-founded a new coalition called Come Home America. Come Home America brings together men and women from varying political viewpoints who all agree on each one of these core conservative ideas.

I’m not writing to ask you for money. All I want to do is to give you a free e-book that tells you more about these ideas as they relate to foreign policy. Because America’s foreign policy is playing a huge role in bankrupting the nation.

The book I want to send you free of charge, Come Home America, includes essays by Thomas Woods, Doug Bandow, Daniel McCarthy, William Lind, and other prominent conservative and pro-liberty authors. It even includes pieces from liberal writers who are also alarmed by the anti-liberty direction our nation’s leaders are taking us.

Ron Paul says that he was “heartened to see this collection of essays,” and he calls Come Home America an “important work.”

I agree with Congressman Paul—and I urge you to see for yourself.

If America is to avoid economic catastrophe, we must reign in federal spending—right now, and across the board.

No gimmicks. We need real spending cuts. That includes spending on social programs and numerous, bloated federal departments and bureaucracies.

And most importantly, we need to reduce spending at the Pentagon—a huge bureaucracy that too often gets a free pass.

Here’s the good news: we can do that without weakening America in the least!

All we need to do is to focus on our real defense needs rather than on maintaining what Ron Paul calls a “global empire of client states.” Trying to maintain such an empire is what the Soviet Union did—and we know how that turned out.

Did you know

  • that you, the U.S. taxpayer, still spend $40 billion per year to maintain American troops in South Korea—more than a half-century after that war ended?
  • that you now pay to maintain troops at some 761 military bases and other “sites” around the globe?
  • that the defense budget makes up a whopping 67% of the federal government’s discretionary spending.
  • that America spends as much on its military as every other nation combined?
  • that one Nobel Prize–winning, free-market economist, Joseph Stiglitz, recently calculated that when you take into account the total costs of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the bill adds up to more than a staggering $7 trillion?

As Ron Paul says,

“Imagine the productive power of that $7 trillion in our private sector. What could it have done were it in private hands? What may have been discovered, what diseases might have been cured, what might have been built, how many productive jobs created?”

Or listen to Pat Buchanan:

“So, after a decade of war in Afghanistan, what have we accomplished, and at what cost? Some 2,000 U.S. dead, 16,000 wounded, hundreds of billions sunk, scores of thousands of Aghans dead. Al-Qaida was driven out a decade ago but is now in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, North Africa, and Iraq.”

Unbelievably, President Obama just made a new deal with Afghanistan that will keep U.S. troops there until at least 2024!

Meanwhile, we’re $15.7 trillion in debt—an amount that has grown by an average of $3.98 billion per day since September 28, 2007.

What are we doing to our children and our grandchildren?

The United States Navy now tells us that its job is to “defend the earth.” That is some serious mission creep.

What it means is that American taxpayers are using finite, limited resources—resources we don’t really have—to defend free-riders around the globe.

Isn’t it just possible that Europe, Saudi Arabia, Japan, and Korea can defend themselves?

How about we make American well-being our priority? Because we won’t be able to help anyone if we become just another banana republic, with politicians who impose triple-digit inflation on the populace in order to “pay off” an enormous public debt.

That is where we’re headed—if you and I and other true conservatives don’t insist that our leaders stop the madness and get their priorities straight.

Don’t you agree that we need to get back to fiscal conservatism?If so, I invite you to click here for your free e-book—and then to spend a little time on the Come Home America website to inform yourself about what’s going on.

Now you might be thinking: Wait a minute. Aren’t conservatives pro-military?

Yes, of course. Conservatives honor the bravery of soldiers and make national defense a high priority.

But true conservatives also believe that America is supposed to be a republic—not an empire. They believe in national defense—not imperial offense.  They believe in small government—not expensive, utopian boondoggles.

Remember when the politicians told us that the Iraq War would cost $50 billion? The true cost is now calculated at $3 trillion.

It’s not like this money flows through to our veterans—an alarming number of whom are committing suicide and suffering from mental illness. President Obama’s 2013 budget actually reduces cost-of-living increases for our veterans while increasing the amount they have to pay for medicine and pharmaceuticals!

No, the winners here are the politically well-connected, the lobbyists, the profiteers. People like the manufacturers of the F-35 fighter jet, the cost of which increases by nearly $300 billion in Obama’s 2013 budget, despite the fact that it is already outdated and poorly designed!

This is the sort of rank injustice that brings people together from all walks of life and all points of view.

In fact, as you’ll see when you receive your free copy of our book, what’s amazing about the Come Home America coalition is that it includes men and women on the left.

We disagree on a lot of things, but there’s one belief we absolutely share:  Everyday Americans are being bamboozled by the Washington establishment.

You and I are being exploited, taken advantage of, precisely becausewe’re patriotic.

That is how the Pentagon can get away with things like never havingpassed a financial audit. In fact, the Pentagon is the only federal department to not pass a financial audit—and given the shape of federal bureaucracies, that’s saying a lot!

War always expands the government. That is why throughout American history, the greatest conservatives have been skeptical of war and those who beat the drums for war. Listen to their words:

“Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty,” said George Washington.

“America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all,” said John Quincy Adams.

“All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it,” said Alexis de Tocqueville.

“‘Emergencies’ have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded,” said F. A. Hayek.

“Our country is now geared to an arms economy bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and an incessant propaganda of fear,” said General Douglas MacArthur.

“Most wars are started by well-fed people with time on their hands to dream up half-baked ideologies or grandiose ambitions,” said Thomas Sowell.

Precisely because we are conservatives, it’s time to reassess our situation—before America goes the way of Greece, before we impoverish our kids and grandkids any further.

We have no choice. It’s time for America to come home.

I hope you’ll take advantage of this free e-book offer. Then, I hope you’ll consider joining our movement of people from across the political spectrum at Come Home America.

We aim to recover American prosperity, security, and liberty—and we need conservatives like you on board.

Thank you, and God bless.

Sincerely,

George O’Neill, Jr.
Co-Founder, Come Home America

ABOUT COME HOME AMERICA

Come Home America is a coalition of Americans united in their alarm about the destructive consequences of our country’s runaway militarism. Representing the views of millions of patriotic Americans—views too often ignored by our political parties and mainstream media outlets—Come Home America unites people of different political and philosophical persuasions to work toward a foreign policy that is more peaceful, less expensive, and better for Americans and the world.

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