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The War in Ukraine has Underscored the Necessity of America Exiting NATO – American Thinker

Posted by M. C. on January 5, 2023

By Steve McCann

With the passage of the ludicrous omnibus bill the total amount spent and committed to be spent by the United States in Ukraine since the Russian invasion is in excess of $110 Billion.  That amount exceeds the annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 130 nations. Further, only America and its chief adversaries China ($239 Billion) and Russia ($154 Billion) spend more per year on their defense budgets.

During this same period of time the 27 nations of the European Union plus Great Britain have spent or committed to spend $36 Billion in Ukraine or half of what the taxpayers in the United States have been obligated to contribute.   

Meanwhile the U.S. national debt is now $31.5 Trillion and will, due to unconstrained spending, increase at least another $15+ Trillion in less than ten years, thereby abetting uncontrolled inflation and potential insolvency.   (It took this nation 224 years to accumulate the first $15 Trillion, 13 years for the second $15 Trillion and less than 10 years for the third $15 Trillion.) The United States with less than 5% of the world’s population is responsible for 45% of global national debt.   

By comparison, the national debt of the 27 countries in the European Union plus Great Britain is currently $18 Trillion, and their debt is equivalent to 90% of their annual GDP ($20.4 Trillion). The national debt of the United States is equivalent to 137% of its annual GDP ($23.3 Trillion) as America’s national debt far exceeds its annual economic output. 

Why is the United States, experiencing runaway inflation and unfathomable debt growth, footing the vast majority of the cost and not the nations of Europe who can afford it and are most directly impacted and threatened by the Ukrainian invasion?   Why, despite America’s unparalleled level of spending, is Volodymyr Zelensky unabashedly browbeating the United States to commit to unlimited as well as unaudited billions more?  Why, in response to this browbeating, is the feckless Joe Biden and members of both parties in Congress committed to spending American taxpayer money in Ukraine for an undefined “as long as it takes”. 

The answer lies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, an alliance in which America took upon itself the role of the military protector of Western Europe.  The ruling class in the United States, regardless of changing circumstances in Europe and incapable of restraining their lust for spending, fervently believes that it is their calling to protect the ancestral home of socialism and modern day globalism.    

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Here’s What’s In The ‘Ugliest’ Omnibus Bill Ever

Posted by M. C. on December 23, 2022

One reporter asked Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer how the bill was “functional,” to require legislators to read a bill of that size in such a short period of time.

“How is it functional process to drop a 4,100 page bill this morning and expect a vote on it tomorrow?” asked a reporter, adding “Most of Congress hasn’t had a chance to review this.”

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This week, while Democrats still (barely) have enough power to pass it, the 117th Congress is about to rush through a 4,155-page, $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill that the WSJ Editorial Board has called the “worst in history.”

This is no way to govern in a democracy, but here we are,” the board writes.

The final bill was quietly dropped Monday in the ‘dead of night’ – and by Thursday, if all goes to plan, it will get rushed through for a vote.

I brought with me the omni, 4,155 pages. When was it produced? In the dead of night. 1:30 in the morning it was released,” said Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) during a press conference with Sens. Mike Braun, Ron Johnson, Mike Lee and Rick Scott – the only dissenting Senate Republicans.

Overall, the bill contains $858 billion for defense – an increase of 9.7%, and $45 billion more than President Biden sought. It will, among other things, give military members a 4.6% raise and help replenish dwindling weapons stocks. $45 billion has also been earmarked for new military and economic aid for Ukraine.

“What is more dangerous to the country? $1.1 Trillion in new debt or as Republican leadership likes to say, “Oh, it is a win! It is a big win. We’re getting $45 billion for the military,”” said Paul. “So which is more important? Which threatens the country more? Are we at risk of being invaded by a foreign power if we don’t put $45 billion into the military? Are we more at risk by adding to a $31 trillion debt?”

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Sen. Schumer Says Ukraine Aid Will Be Included in Omnibus Bill – News From

Posted by M. C. on December 15, 2022

While more oversight could increase accountability for the tens of billions being sent to Ukraine, it could also be used to justify more US involvement in the war.

More oversight? How about any oversight. The Pentagram doesn’t do oversight.

by Dave DeCamp

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Tuesday that more funding for Ukraine would be included in an upcoming omnibus spending bill that Congress is looking to pass before the end of the year.

Congressional negotiators have been at odds over the final numbers of the spending bill, but Schumer said that he expects a deal will be reached soon. The White House has asked Congress to authorize $37.7 billion in Ukraine aid, which would bring total US spending on the war to about $105 billion.

Congress could authorize more funding for Ukraine than Biden requested, as they did before, but at this point, it’s not clear what the final number will be. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), who opposes arming Ukraine, said the new aid should be put to a separate vote.

“This is wrong. We should have a separate vote on additional Ukraine funding. Most of my constituents do NOT wish to have their money sent to Ukraine, especially not without oversight or an audit,” Massie wrote on Twitter.

Massie joined Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) in sponsoring a bill that would require an audit of all the funds the US has authorized for Ukraine. The resolution was voted down by the Democrat-led House Foreign Affairs Committee, but it received support from mainstream Republicans, and Greene said she will reintroduce the legislation when the GOP takes over the House.

While more oversight could increase accountability for the tens of billions being sent to Ukraine, it could also be used to justify more US involvement in the war. The Pentagon said in October that US military personnel based at the US embassy in Kyiv were conducting “onsite” weapons inspections in Ukraine, and NBC News reported this week the US was considering sending a small number of additional troops into the country to track arms.

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