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Social Security Reform Thursday: Week Sixty-One -- Entitlement Spending Versus Defense Spending.
Thursdays are good days for reform, because they fall between Wednesdays and Fridays. And reform is a long-haul process, not a fleeting event. So we're going to keep plugging along with the case for reform, even as the issue goes off the political radar screen.
That's why WILLisms.com offers a chart or graph, every Thursday, pertinent to Social Security reform.
This week's topic:
Social Security (& Other Entitlements) Are Outpacing Defense Spending.
I recently had the pleasure of spending a bit of time around a few hundred young liberal activists. One refrain I heard over and over again was that the military-industrial complex in the United States was growing larger than it has ever been, taking into account the entire course of American history. Creeping toward totalitarian fascism, we apparently are.
Well, not quite. In fact, military spending is as high as it has ever been. But the American economy is also as high as it has ever been. As a percentage of the American economy, military spending today is not particularly outrageous:
Although the U.S. spends far more-- and more per capita-- than ever before, on the military, the trajectories of entitlement and defense spending are diverging as a percentage of GDP:
In other words, as entitlements become 10%, then 11%, then 12%, then 13%, then 18%, then 20%, then even more of our economy, it will impair our ability to retain a military advantage over emerging threats, without much economic pain at home. Then again, maybe that's actually another reason why the Lamont Democrats are so vested in allowing Social Security and other entitlement programs to grow into such a gargantuan portion of the American economy. They want to tie our hands behind our backs with Social Security (and Medicare, and Medicaid) rope, so we can't afford to defend ourselves against Islamist terrorism.
It's time for reform.
Previous Reform Thursday graphics can be seen here:
-Week One (Costs Exceed Revenues).
Posted by Will Franklin · 17 August 2006 09:51 PM
That is a very interesting way of looking at it! BUT, It's more like a noose around our future generations neck, though... If you ask me?
Posted by: Zsa Zsa at August 18, 2006 07:16 AM
Wonderfully thought out and presented, as it your usual practice. The only problem with the presentation is that it contains numbers, and let us all remember that to liberals: Numbers are not their friends. Heck, even a poli "sci" class requires extreme mental effort for a lib to comprehend and pass. (A's from Harvard don't count...everyone gets A's there.)
Posted by: Da Coyote at August 18, 2006 02:06 PM
HA!...I knew I should have gone to Harvard.
Posted by: Zsa Zsa at August 18, 2006 06:39 PM
"They want to tie our hands behind our backs with Social Security (and Medicare, and Medicaid) rope, so we can't afford to defend ourselves against Islamist terrorism."
Isn't that what's meant when they talk about multiculturalism and not being judgemental of other people's cultures? So what if the other guy's culture happens to think it proper to kill all infidels.
Posted by: James at August 18, 2006 09:15 PM
James, I think you have the idea right. IF not? You sure could have fooled me.
Posted by: Zsa Zsa at August 19, 2006 09:24 AM
The relationship between entitlements and defense spending is even more telling than it appears to our corrupted senses when you consider that defense and international relationships is the bulk of the responsibilities given to the Federal branch of the government by the Constitution. If entitlements can be defended as a Federal responsibility at all it is within those famous four words: "...For the gerneral welfare."
Posted by: Brad at August 19, 2006 10:37 PM