With another $3 billion spent, we should worry about our debt
Another $325 million in federal spending will bring the total spending project for climate-smart agriculture projects to more than $3 billion.
As reported by the Associated Press, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced $2.8 billion for 70 projects in September.
While we believe there are likely worthwhile projects in the 141 projects slated to receive funding, we are even more certain that there is waste as well.
Moreover, $3 billion to spend on aligning agriculture with ecological goals when the U.S. has a national debt of more than $31 trillion and when the White House has to tout reducing the annual deficit from $3.1 trillion in 2020 to $1.15 trillion as some kind of accomplishment is extraordinarily foolish.
That a country with a debt of more than $31 trillion and that has added more than $7 trillion to that debt in just the past three years — and where leaders believe “only” adding $1.15 trillion in the most recent year — can believe it can justify $3 billion on climate-related agriculture projects speaks volumes of how pervasive environmental alarmism has become.
We recognize that climate change is real. We accept that human activity contributes to it. But we can recognize and accept these realities while also recognizing and accepting the speed and severity of its consequences are frequently cast in exaggerated, worst-case-scenario doom and gloom.
Tthe United States can afford to worry a little less about climate change — and can’t afford to worry any less about our debt, deficits and out-of-control spending.