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Bonus Quotation of the Day…

Posted By Don Boudreaux On February 9, 2012 @ 10:23 pm In Country Problems,Other People's Money,Politics,Seen and Unseen,War | Comments Disabled

… is from George Will’s column in today’s Washington Post [1]:

The U.S. defense budget is about 43 percent of the world’s total military spending [2] — more than the combined defense spending of the next 17 nations, many of which are U.S. allies. Are Republicans really going to warn voters that America will be imperiled if the defense budget is cut [3] 8 percent from projections over the next decade? In 2017, defense spending would still be more than that of the next 10 countries combined.

Do Republicans think it is premature to withdraw as many as 7,000 troops from Europe [4] two decades after the Soviet Union’s death? About 73,000 will remain, most of them in prosperous, pacific, largely unarmed and utterly unthreatened Germany. Why do so many remain?

The welfare/warfare state soldiers on – with “Progressives” (represented overwhelmingly by Democrats) cheering stupidly for the “welfare” part, and with conservatives (represented overwhelmingly by Republicans) cheering stupidly for the “warfare” part.  And logrolling with each other, each supports the other’s dangerous agenda.

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[1] George Will’s column in today’s Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/republicans-need-more-than-rhetoric-on-defense/2012/02/07/gIQA5SF1zQ_story.html

[2] 43 percent of the world’s total military spending: http://www.sipri.org/research/armaments/milex/resultoutput/trends

[3] defense budget is cut: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/pentagon-budget-set-to-shrink-next-year/2012/01/26/gIQALpfNTQ_story.html

[4] 7,000 troops from Europe: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/army-brigades-to-leave-europe/2012/01/12/gIQArZqluP_story.html

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