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The Cost Of War

"If we don't stop extending our troops all around the world in nation-building missions, then we're going to have a serious problem." — George W. Bush, Jan. 2001At the start of his presidency George Bush spoke the truth, although that didn't stop him from launching more "nation-building missions" later on. With only a few exceptions, nothing stops an American president from launching any military action they desire. The only change is that now we're never sure where our soldiers are being deployed or why they are fighting and dying. Next year's military budget will start off at $700 billion, which is more than China, Saudi Arabia, Russia, India, France, Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom altogether spend. As our defense budget increases every year, our knowledge of how that money is spent diminishes. We're ignorant of the economic truth behind our military empire. Too many of us are OK with that, but our 'ignorance is bliss' attitu…

Private profits from taxpayer dollars

Here's six good reasons why we need to reform government spending before we think about reducing taxes. This fellows run companies that contract with the US government for services. This information was first published in 2014...
 1. George Zoley, CEO of private prison giant GEO Group, made $22 million in compensation between 2008 and 2012. GEO Group makes 86 percent of its revenue from taxpayers. GEO Group writes language into private prison contracts that forces taxpayers to keep prisons full or else pay for empty beds. GEO Group has faced hundreds of lawsuits over prisoner deaths, assaults, excessive force, and more, which have led to secret court settlements.  2. David Steiner, president and CEO of Waste Management, took $45 million in compensation from 2006-2012. Waste Management makes about 50 percent of its revenue from taxpayers, says Goldman Sachs.  3. Ron Packard of K12 Inc. made more than $19 million in compensation between 2009 and 2013, despite the alarming fact that onl…

A Government Rises From Exile

The Hawaiian Nation reclaims its place in the world
(This article was first published in Hawai'i in 2000)
"Whereas the Kingdom of Hawai`i, having been in exile for one-hundred seven years due to an unlawful overthrow of its government de jure, has exercised perfect right to reestablish its proper station as an independent nation within the community of nations." -The Preamble of the Amended Hawaiian Constitution of 2000 - The archipelago known as the Hawaiian Islands is either a state within the United States - or it’s an independent nation in its own right, depending upon your point of view. In the eyes of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the World Court, Hawai`i is an independent, sovereign nation that has been occupied by the United States in violation of international law since 1893.
The Reinstated Hawaiian Government is making that international perspective visible to both visitors and residents of Hawai`i. One weekend each month, members of the sovereignty group …