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The White House just flushed $2.3 trillion down the drain

Published in Blog on August 16, 2021 by Article V Patriot

The situation in Afghanistan gets worse every day. President Joe Biden's surrender to the Taliban has decimated our allies in the Afghan government and exposed the Afghan people to the oppression of the Islamic regime.

Thousands of our soldiers have given their lives to the mission in Afghanistan, and our veterans of that war are expressing their frustration and disappointment at how their hard work is being thrown away.

With this loss of life and livelihood in mind, questions of money and taxpayer dollars may seem trivial in comparison--and they are.

But it's still worth mentioning that according to the Costs of War Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute, the United States federal government spent $933 billion on war operations, $443 billion on war-related increases to the Defense Department’s budget, $59 billion on increases to the State Department’s budget, and $296 billion on caring for Afghanistan veterans — not to mention $530 billion for paying interest on war borrowing.

In total, Biden's surrender in Afghanistan has flushed that $2.261 trillion straight down the drain. The country has fallen to the Taliban, which is stronger and more capable than it was in 2001. The money, lives, and promises of the last 20 years mean nothing to the Biden administration, if their recent actions are any indication.

The American people see what's going on. According to a brand new poll from Convention of States Action and Trafalgar Group, nearly 70% of all Americans disapprove of how Biden has handled the situation in Afghanistan. That includes 89% of Republicans, 75% of Independents, and 48% of Democrats. 

The decision to abandon Afghanistan is of a piece with nearly every decision made by Washington politicians. Biden and his team care about one thing: reelection. If they think leaving Afghanistan might help them in 2024, no amount of American life and American treasure will keep them from leaving Afghanistan. 

We can't trust the federal government to make decisions for the good of We the People. Afghanistan is the latest example, but Washington has a long track record of these sorts of wasteful, damaging decisions. If we want to keep them from ruining our country and spending us into oblivion, we must limit their power--and we can do just that with a Convention of States.

An Article V Convention of States has the power to propose constitutional amendments that limit the power, scope, and jurisdiction of the federal government. These amendments can also force Congress to be fiscally responsible and mandate term limits for federal officials. With this complete package of amendments in place, Washington's power will be strictly limited, and the people and the states will be back in charge. 

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