Letters to the Editor

War: Freedom's spending costs Americans

Maybe it’s time Americans begin to realize how much our military budget, and more specifically the invasion of Iraq, is really costing Americans. It’s time to equate the “sounds of freedom” we hear daily with the fact that most Americans don’t have health insurance or are grossly under insured. American families struggle to make ends meet with both parents working full time jobs.

Perhaps we should look at why the American dollar is falling all over the world in relation to other currencies? How many people realize that our national debt (trillions of dollars), much of which the Chinese are underwriting, will be a burden our children have to pay for years to come.

How naive we are to think that our economy can compete with those other nations who choose not to spend large portions of their national income to police the world. Our inability to view the cost of our oversized military budget will ultimately cost more that most Americans can possibly imagine. The most pathetic aspect of this overspending is that it’s completely unnecessary and counterproductive to our national security.

Peter Krogseng

Coupeville

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