To our readers:

Since 1996, your generosity and commitment have made it possible to offer The Patriot Post without a subscription fee to military personnel, students, and those with limited means. Please support the 2020 Year-End Campaign today.

Harold Hutchison / Apr. 2, 2020

How a Military Buildup Helps the Recovery

From bolstering national security to providing jobs and spurring economic growth.

When it comes to helping the economy recover from the damage done by fighting the Wuhan coronavirus, one of the best options for a Phase 4 stimulus would be a military buildup. While some Patriots would rightly worry about expanding government spending, this is not akin to some of the pork-laden bills of the past. Indeed, national defense is one of the few authorized expenditures listed in the Constitution.

While there is a need for major infrastructure spending, the military has also needed a boost for a long time. We’ve discussed how the force structures of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard need expansion. Even the new Space Force will have a lot of needs.

So, given that one very important responsibility the Constitution lays out for the federal government is national defense, a military buildup after some of the strains we are seeing from fighting the Global War on Terror is arguably a necessity. But it will also help our economic recovery.

First of all, a big part of this buildup is actually building things. Building the items to protect our national security — the planes, ships, tanks, and even a humble rifle — takes people in factories. This is an economic win-win. We obtain the gear needed for our national security, people secure good jobs, and when those workers are spending money, it helps the economy by making other businesses (stores, restaurants, etc.) profitable. Replacing the old carriers we foolishly scrapped is of paramount importance. Right now, when it comes to facing China, we should not be cutting Marine Corps helicopters and tanks for a fight against China; we should be building a lot more of them for the Marines.

Second, a larger military will mean a lot less unemployed as well. Someone will have to man the new planes, ships, tanks, and carry the rifles. That doesn’t include all the support personnel, either. When they finish their service, they will have ample skills for the civilian world to make their way in life and to enjoy the things they value the most.

Third, if you want to make China pay for its cover-up, a stronger military is one way to go. In fact, a stronger military is part of a one-two-three punch when combined with returning manufacturing to America (especially from China) and with openly pursuing closer ties with Taiwan.

Fourth, a stronger military will help the recovery by providing world stability. If the United States doesn’t need to break a sweat to smack around a local tinpot who is acting like a rogue state, then others might decide to just keep their nefarious behavior within their own borders. Peace always makes creating prosperity even better.

The fact is, when Phase 4 of our response to COVID-19 takes place, infrastructure is a big part of it, but the military should also get a huge helping of support. After all, when the world changes, we may not be able to predict every response accurately. But if potential adversaries know we can decisively respond, a strong military may prove to be a huge bargain, in addition to helping us recover from the present ordeal.

Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!

★ PUBLIUS ★

“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2020 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.