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Guns and Pensions

suz Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 4:48 AM
so having understood history in this very key way, you'd think our politicians would have learned, but they are what they are which is a set who are not fit to govern because they've not learned a damn thing. the chances are high they never knew what mr. sowell has explained here. i admit i did not know but a politician has no excuse. it's the people who are flawed for enabling and maintaining our politicians/criminals.
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...