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Guns and Pensions

Rock Strongo Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 7:56 AM
We maintain units around the globe so that when a consulate in Benghazi is attacked, Obama will have assets nearby which he can fail to deploy.
Kirk Mac Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 9:22 AM
Mr. Right Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 8:01 AM
"How sharper than a serpent's tooth . . ."

I salute you, sir!
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.

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...