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The thing in front of your nose.

Jun 09, 2011 in Military Industrial Complex

It seems to me that Americans keep hearing what this graph illustrates, but the idea of defense cuts always sets off a sense of alarm. Why are we so unable to maintain perspective here, especially in times of such financial distress?

To be fair, defense cuts are one of the most popular choices for fiscal conservation in polls, far more popular than cutting Social Security or Medicare, but our government lags far behind. Politicians essentially don’t trust the populace when it means potentially facing an opponent demagoguing on defense. Looking “weak on defense” can cost precious percentage points, and “fiscally smart defense” never seems to add as many back.

-hw