I just finished reading a book titled "In Cheap We Trust." It is a fascinating romp through American history from the tightwad point of view. I was especially struck by the contrast in war funding between World War II and the present day. When we went to war in the 1940s, the price was paid for by Americans. Political leaders and celebrities filled the airways with exhortations to buy war bonds. Citizens were urged to match the blood sacrifices of the fighting men with financial sacrifices of their own and did they ever.
Are we less heroic today? Last year, I heard the mother of a dead soldier say bitterly, "There is no sharing sacrifice. Some of us give everything and others give nothing." There was never an effort made to call upon U.S. citizens to fund the present day wars. The Bush administration turned to foreign powers -- China and Japan -- to finance the Middle East wars.
We are indebted to China for $790 billion and China's influence over our businesses and policies is growing dismally. President Bush justified this folly by saying we would "grow" our way out of debt. Remember that? How could Americans buy this pie in the sky, bye and bye? Are we that detached from reality? Am I alone in thinking that we should not launch wars we are not willing to pay for ourselves?