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On Defense Spending

June 1, 2009

Speaking to the Heritage Foundation recently, the 2008 contender for the GOP’s presidential nomination Mitt Romney took President Obama to task for his “tour of apology” through various places across the globe where Pres. Obama offered his, and the nation’s, apology for the past near-dictatorial practices of the United States.  While I disagree with Fmr. Gov. Romney’s attack, I can understand his ire.  After all, Obama was essentially apologizing for the behavior of Romney’s party and no one likes to have his ideals attacked.  What piqued my interest was Romney saying,

Backing away from missile defense and depleting the defense budget to fund new social programs, particularly in the face of global turmoil, would put America and Americans at risk,

wholly devaluing social programs and spending to build up American citizens.  This issue between self-avowed liberals and conservatives, I fear, is irreconcilable.  Though the issue is not nearly as simple as I am making it, I cannot fathom the idea that taking money away from the production of bombs and using it to fill bottles is putting American’s at risk.  As is, the United States accounts for 48% of the worldwide military spending.  I refuse to believe that homeland security (that phrase gives me trouble, but that’s for another day) would be drastically affected if that percentage were to drop a few points.

Upon reading this, I could not help but think of the words of Dr. King:

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.

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