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As indicated on this thread, "the National Debt is meaningless????", maybe, but more accurately political bantering does treat the roaming figure of national debt as meaningless. It is far from being meaningless, because it can be used against nation where the debt may be called. The debt being called is not imaginary, but a possibility and has grave consequences on America if World Banks and other Nations refuse to provide future loans based on our credit risk. America does need to balance the books and last done was by President Bill Clinton. Ever sense Bill retired from Office, our National Debt has risen more than it ever has. Having a huge national debt does impact our national health economically. Although the dollar is strong and our GNP is producing robust numbers, jobs are numerous, the caretakers of our beautiful nation, I assume are concerned and do not think for one moment the National Debt is meaningless. It's like we are one tragedy away or one paycheck away from disaster in economic fallout. What can America do?
I read the thread responses where one entered the case for reducing the military costs 75%. Now, that is meaningless and unworthy of intelligent forethought. Reducing military costs impacts millions of jobs and productivity in our nation. There is so much tied to the military complex that reducing the military costs could be that one tragedy that would throw America into a dismal spiral and not have a genuine positive impact to the economy. Someone you know, friend, family or even yourself more likely has a job or community that is based on the success of the military complex. This is a solution that can never be an intelligent reaction to curing the national debt. Maybe a slight reduction rather than a radical reduction would be more appropriate. But whatever reduction in military costs, there will be undesired results. As you desire for less military around the world, reducing military costs could only threatened America , so remember Pearl Harbor, 9-11, and America's ability to aid friendly nations around the world, stopping Hitler, Communism in Eastern Europe, and our best efforts in the Middles East. At best our United States Armed Forces do protect and preserve our national interests here at home and abroad. To remove any funding promoting our Armed Forces is an act for some other nation possible evil, to grow in strength and consider attacking our country. ISIS comes to my mind, immediately. So, whatever decision is made to reduce the national debt, consider the cause and effects.
All that America can do at this time is to continue on pace and perform due diligence on funding and remove those sneaky add-on's to bills that are not representing all of America's interests, like building a Flight Service Station for Cheney alone. Yes, I remember that one and most of us involved were shaking our heads and worse when years later, all Flight Service Stations were reorganized and Cheney's was decommissioned. The people making these political decisions in Congress needs a good Elizabeth Warren to seek out the trash from the good bill and remove it. Our President needs to perform more line-veto option rather than veto the entire bill. There are good bills and than there are bad bills with all the trash attached to it. The Keystone Pipeline is my current trash to any bill. The Hillary attack fund by Congress on her emails is another. The people of America needs better representation in Congress to remove the trash from all these bills, that's what is raising our national debt.