Huge pensions for retired government workers can be found from small municipalities to national governments on both sides of the Atlantic. There is a reason. For elected officials, pensions are virtually the ideal thing to spend money on, politically speaking. Many kinds of spending of the taxpayers' money win votes from the recipients. But...
The main problem in Vietnam is that we were there, fighting yet another ruinous, non-defensive war. Ever heard of the Pueblo? The Gulf of Tonkin incident? The Lusitania? The Maine? This stuff isn't that hard if you're willing to dig past the mythology pushed by big-government and its cronies in the central banks.
A nation's choice between spending on military defense and spending on civilian goods has often been posed as "guns versus butter." But understanding the choices of many nations' political leaders might be helped by examining the contrast between their runaway spending on pensions while skimping on military defense.
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