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Guns and Pensions

Ron-CA Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 5:22 PM
Gus, Please name one country the "tyrannical" USG took over. I'll wait right here...
JustMC Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 5:38 PM
Start with Iran, that one's easy enough. (Puppet dictators installed by the USG count.)
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...