Posts Tagged ‘defense spending’
Every time our country gets into a financial hole-and most days when we’re not-you can find someone who wants to dismantle the Department of Defense and send their whole budget to the Department of Education. In our current political/fiscal environment, many Democrats and left-leaning pundits have either joined or reaffirmed their membership in Washington’s “cut defense NOW!!” choir, in an attempt to call the bluff of Republicans, conservatives, and the Tea Party movement.
So, in an attempt to explain to people why the cost of defense is as high as it is-and in light of the President’s all-but-inevitable-post-bin Laden-drawdown, some harsh realities.
In war-gaming a fight between the US and North Korea yesterday with my liberal-minded friends at JJP, this quote by MLK came up:
“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.”
…which launched an interesting discussion between myself and Monie, whose spouse is active-duty Army (and, I believe, preparing to deploy). The conversation: