South Dakota’s elected leaders go ga-ga for every dollar they can get Uncle Sam to spend on Ellsworth Air Force Base as an economic lifeline for Rapid City. So they ought to appreciate the economic stimulus argument President Joe Biden made last night for the billions ($60B for Ukraine, $14B for Israel, sources say) in additional military spending he wants Congress to authorize now:
And let me be clear about something: We send Ukraine equipment sitting in our stockpiles. And when we use the money allocated by Congress, we use it to replenish our own stores — our own stockpiles with new equipment — equipment that defe- — that defends America and is made in America: Patriot missiles for air defense batteries made in Arizona; artillery shells manufactured in 12 states across the country — in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas; and so much more.
You know, just as in World War Two, today, patriotic American workers are building the arsenal of democracy and serving the cause of freedom [President Joe Biden, speech from the Oval Office, 2023.10.19].
When Putin invaded Ukraine, he thought he would take Kyiv and all of Ukraine in a matter of days. Well, over a year later, Putin has failed, and he continues to fail. Kyiv still stands because of the bravery of the Ukrainian people.
Ukraine has regained more than 50 percent of the territory Russian troops once occupied, backed by a U.S.-led coalition of more than 50 countries around the world all doing its part to support Kyiv.
What would happen if we walked away? We are the essential nation.
…And as I walked through Kyiv with President Zelenskyy, with air raid sirens sounding in the distance, I felt something I’ve always believed more strongly than ever before: America is a beacon to the world still. Still.
We are, as my friend Madeleine Albright said, “the indispensable nation.”
Tonight, there are innocent people all over the world who hope because of us, who believe in a better life because of us, who are desperate not be forgotten be- — by us, and who are waiting for us [Biden, 2023.10.19].
America, the exceptional nation, the arsenal of democracy—President Biden talks like Roosevelt and Reagan all wrapped up into one. If House Republicans can stop their squabbling and pass the foreign aid bill the President sends them today, they can stand up to terrorists and tyrants and boost the economy with bang-bangs, the kind of stuff our Republican leaders chant all the time.