because the State robbed you through taxation and inflation.
The cost of a single F-35 stealth fighter jet:
In February 2011, the Pentagon put a price of $207.6 million for each of the 32 aircraft to be acquired in FY2012
The United States intends to buy a total of 2,443 aircraft for an estimated US$323 billion, making it the most expensive defense program ever. The United States Air Force (USAF) budget data in 2010, along with other sources, projects the F-35 to have a flyaway cost from US$89 million to US$200 million over the planned production of F-35s.Cost estimates have risen to $382 billion for 2,443 aircraft, at an average of $156 million each. The rising program cost estimates have cast doubt on the actual number to be produced for the U.S. In January 2011, the F-35B variant was placed on “probation” for two years because of development problems. In February 2011, the Pentagon put a price of $207.6 million for each of the 32 aircraft to be acquired in FY2012, rising to $304.15 million ($9,732.8/32) if its share of RDT&E spending is included.
207.6 million dollars represents the cost of material resources that were squandered on a single plane.
Because the State decided it needed a 208 million dollar fighter plane more than you needed to keep the fruits of your own labor:
832 quarter million dollar houses were not built.
5,777 college educations were not obtained.
6,500 fully loaded Honda Accords were not built.
60,836 GE Profile top-of-the-line refrigerators were not built.
83,200 Sony Bravia 46″ LCD TVs were not built.
208,000 Dell XPS 8300 computers were not built.
34,000,000 six dollar meals were not produced.
Now take all of those numbers and multiply them by 2,443 to see what the State intends on depriving you of, just from this SINGLE defense program.
Resources are limited things. When the State takes resources from the private sector economy to build fighter planes, it means those resources are not available to the private sector in order to produce the goods and services that keep us alive on a daily basis.
Every time a defense contractor hires an engineer to produce a weapons system, it means that engineer is not available to an air conditioning corporation to develop better air conditioning units.
Every time a defense contractor buys steel to produce a jet engine, it means that steel is not available to an auto maker to produce better and cheaper cars.
The State is the destroyer of life. The State is the destroyer of resources. The State is bane of human existence. The State produces nothing and provides us nothing that we ourselves could not produce freely on our own.
How is it possible that a rag-tag band of rebels in the mountains of Afghanistan, armed only with makeshift AK-47s and homemade bombs, are able to cause the greatest military in the world to expend more resources on combating them than the US spent fighting an army of communist Viet Cong?
Could it be that a huge military is not necessary to combat an invading army if the people are willing to engage in guerrilla warfare against an occupying force? How is it possible that Afghani goat herders and sandal footed Vietnamese peasants were able to thwart the greatest military presence on the face of the Earth?
Why did the US Constitution establish militias as the basis of our defense forces? Why did the founders of this tyrannical nation State say that a standing army was a dangerous threat to liberty?
Perhaps they saw the effectiveness of an armed population and the waste that accompanies military spending. Perhaps they saw that no army in the world can subjugate a population that refuses to engage in direct military warfare and instead engages in guerrilla based harassment. Perhaps they wanted more housing, clothing and food instead of an unnecessary military defense force.
When the State spends money, it is just as bad as if the State took that money right out of your pocket book. We must remember that printing money does not cause more material resources to spring into existence. We must remember that taking money from people by threats or force can not produce more abundance than leaving that money in the hands of those who actually produce.
The free market, which is nothing more that people voluntarily trading the fruits of their own labor with each other, will always meet the needs of consumers. If free people want an education, the market will provide one. If free people want a house, the market will provide one. The State can not cause more education, healthcare or houses to spring into existence by holding a gun to rich people’s heads without simultaneously causing equally important goods to never be produced. However, the State CAN take your money and hand it to rich people through bailouts, crony business deals, contracts, subsidies, and no-risk loans; thereby ensuring the rich get richer while the poor get poorer.
The State is not your friend.
The State is coercion.
The State is evil incarnate.
Stop supporting it.