“And the huge socialist program known as the military-industrial complex, plus various other subsidies to agriculture, energy, etc., total well over $1 trillion per annum”
Well, it depends on the way you look at it Geoff. While those jobs are taxpayer funding, many of those workers are reinvesting via the income taxes they pay and the sales taxes on their expenditures. Those are well paying jobs which means much of what they make gets reinvested in the economy. Not to mention that many of these government contracts allow companies the human resources, infrastructure, and expertise to venture into private/ commercial development. Boeing would be a prime example. We, at least see a marginal return on our investment. Welfare programs that don’t feed people into the work force provides no return. We might as well be flushing that trillion dollars down the toilet.