The Pentagon should have shot down the balloon over Alaska or Montana.
In the end, in a dramatic climax, with consequential impacts to be felt 50 years from now, President Joe Biden, America's Commander in Chief did give the order to shoot the Chinese spy balloon down.
My position on the United States shooting down the Chinese spy balloon:
1. Likely a spy balloon over U.S. Soil, which is unacceptable, and needed to be taken out sooner, rather than the balloon completing it's cross country surveillance journey.
2. Sends a message to all nations, don't ever think about entering U.S. airspace. Or else.
3. Preventative. We don't need an undetected balloon in 10 years to drop a WMD, or drones on USA from 60,000 ft. above.
4. Now we can recover the remains of the balloon to examine and learn from.
5. It dislodged the U.S. military from deployed overseas complacency to mobilize off the coast of South Carolina to take out a legit national security threat.
Lawmakers will be fiercely debating this event for years to come. A critical national security debate to have, and a turning point for the nation.
Our fighters jets are often deployed elsewhere in the world, or well off our coast to engage with foreign intrusions. We haven't had a US fighter jet fire on a hostile object over the American homeland.
Can't just have a debt ceiling showdown, win the battle, and let the next Congress jack up spending and debt another time.
With 130% Debt-To-GDP ratio, and interest payments approaching the number 2nd largest expense in the Federal Budget, with a House Majority (2023-2025) ready to act, need to have real concrete goals:
- Eliminate all unnecessary spending
- Reduce debt-to-GDP ratio to 50%
- Dramatically reduce interest payments
Alexander Hamilton wanted a small, manageable debt and worried of 'crippling interest payments'.
America's enlightened founding fathers do have wisdom to share with newer generations.
"I, however, place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers to be feared. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.”