It’s always nice to see that everyone has their priorities straight. If there was one place in all of America that you might think it most important to feature an Independence Day celebration, what would you say? Military bases perhaps. You know, those places where the people that put their lives on the line to defend their country hang out at. Wouldn’t you think it is particularly poignant to veterans or future veterans as they toil away for each and every one of us to mark the occasion the same way that civilians all over do: a party, some good food, and some fireworks?
Well, guess again folks. Budget cuts are causing some military bases to have to curtail their 4th of July celebrations. Thanks Obama and the American Congress for putting our troops in this situation. But the good news is that President Obama announced today while on his trip to Africa that the United States is pledging over $7 billion to support the building of a more reliable electric power grid in sub-Saharan Africa.
Well, the battle lines are clear here. On one side, it seems ludicrous that our troops can’t enjoy some down time and fun on the most patriotic holiday of them all, but then, on the other side, you can make the argument that people in Africa having electricity is probably more important than our troops getting a beer and a burger and watching some things go boom in the sky. So, it’s one of those that is in the eye of the beholder, I guess.
As for Common Sense Conspiracy, we will say this much. While donating megabucks to Africa to develop power is a noble and good cause, it seems that perhaps it’s a lot like giving a paycheck to charity when you can’t afford to pay the rent. Most Americans probably wouldn’t be giving money away if having an Independence Day celebration was a major monetary investment for them. Why would this principle change between the microeconomic and macroeconomic levels? What do you think?