I’m Paying Taxes, But What Am I Buying?

Acclaimed author and vice-president of the American Anti-Imperialist League, Mark Twain, popularized the expression, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Bureaucrats revel in distorting life’s spontaneous order with data-driven government policies and interventions. They hide behind their numbers to provide a facade of respectability, or in other instances, employ data to argue conclusions that are just as absurd as the State’s present brutality and thievery. Some statistics, however, frighten even the administrators of Leviathan.

Americans’ trust in government is at historically low levels. According to recent Gallup and Pew public opinion polls, more than four-fifths of Americans do not trust Washington, D.C. “to do what is right.” During the past half-century, a fluctuating segment of those respondents – not an insignificant number, but in the single digits – said that they never trust the federal government.

Never. That’s a good start.

In 2016, individuals living under the jurisdiction of the ever-expanding lawless State known as America have ample reason to distrust the government, as do those who are subject to its dictates abroad.

Although there are substantive alternatives, the government not only currently commands a monopoly on so-called defense, but it bleeds taxpayers of their hard-earned dollars to involuntarily fund this counterproductive monstrosity headquartered on the Potomac. Even worse, there are countlessexamples of government policies and interventions that actually further endanger the liberty and security of Americans, not to mention those on the receiving end of Uncle Sam’s so-called benevolent hegemony.

To understand the perverse incentives created by the political death cult in DC and its Holy Priests blessing the bloodletting from the Pentagon, look no further than Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest defense contractor.

In the wake of the failed military coup in Turkey earlier this month against its autocrat Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a notable longtime partner of Lockheed Martin and the U.S. government, the company’s CEO Marillyn Hewson discussed second quarter earnings with analysts on a call July 19 and unabashedly spun the recent developments in Turkey faster than the F-35 can fly.

More on that shortly.

Hewson reaffirmed Lockheed Martin’s commitment to Erdogan and his government, cynically praising their value to NATO as “an essential security partner in that region for the United States and for our allies.” She apparently said this without chuckling.

Lockheed Martin CFO Bruce Tanner doubled-down on the close partnership with Turkey, emphasizing the company’s dealings dating back to the 1970s and production of the F-16 Fighting Falcon, a program attained by Lockheed Martin in 1993 after acquiring an aviation division of General Dynamics.

OK, so State parasites from the weapons industry are selling some machines of death to another State?…

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