Pulling out of Syria

Ever heard of the guns and butter theory?

Probably not unless you studied macro-economics. It is an economic theory. It is quite simple, so simple that most miss it. It means that a country can spend its budget on guns (defense) or butter (infrastructure and products).

For every dollar that spending increases on guns, a dollar on infrastructure must be taken away. In this manner, inflation is held to a minimum. Unfortunately, our government has not done this since WW II, when rationing was in full force. In the 1960s and to the present, our spineless leaders were not brave enough to ask the civilian population to cut back on ‘things’ (butter).

So, the easy way out was simply to print more money. We never felt the pinch of all the spending on ‘guns’ (defense). The result is that we now spend a dollar to buy a candy bar that used to cost a nickel.

I watch the national news. I see all the senators and congressmen screaming in protest over the president’s decision to pull troops out of Syria. I fear that they are concerned more about their loss of defense companies’ lobbyists’ donations than they are with some poor Kurd fighter.

We are seeing the swamp in action. Our leaders’ loyalties are not to presidents, but to the almighty dollar. That is why the overwhelming majority of them are millionaires. Their loyalty is green, very green.

We have the opportunity in the next election to help drain the swamp. I urge you to vote against every incumbent, regardless of party.

Steven Duke, Shalimar

 

Syria withdrawal

Our military withdrew from Syria on very short notice, without planning with our allies, leaving a vulnerable population of Kurds to be slaughtered by Turkey.

Unless our three Trump apologists in the Senate and House — Matt Gaetz, Rick Scott and Marco Rubio — are willing to allow the slaughter of innocent Kurdish allies, they should take action now to reverse this action by our deranged president who is under impeachment.

The people are watching, and we will hold our representatives accountable.

Rebecca Baker, Santa Rosa Beach