To the good people of creative loafing;
I would like to offer the following comments for your consideration.
In the coming week, President Obama will be hosting a so-called Fiscal Responsibility summit. Predictably, the focus the President and his invitees will be on the entitlements of Social Security and Medicare.
By contrast, military spending will be sacrosanct.
No one will dare suggest cuts in military spending--despite the fact that our outlays on defense exceeds that of the rest of the world combined. Whereas Social Security and Medicare have a record of success that is measurable in objective terms, no one can offer any concrete evidence that speaks to effectiveness of our military spending. That lack of evidence stems from the fact that we do not know what exactly we are protecting ourselves from or how we should go about doing it. That lack of any clear objective allows people like Senator Lieberman to claim, with a straight face, that Trident submarines, armed with nuclear warheads, are necessary to combat people armed with box cutters and molitoff cocktails.
Fiscal responsibility entails examining all major expenditures. A fiscal responsibility summit that omits any discussion of a program that comprises nearly 50% of the federal budget is clearly a farce.
Paddy C. Brown
404 514 3193
Creative Loafing Atlanta
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