Let’s talk about cutting defense

/ 18 April 2011

I was struck by this paragraph in a recent TIME Magazine story:

While the U.S.'s military spending has jumped from $1,500 per capita in 1998 to $2,700 in 2008, its NATO allies have been spending $500 per person over the same span. As long as the U.S. is overspending on its defense, it lets its allies skimp on theirs and instead pour the savings into infrastructure, education and health care. So even as U.S. taxpayers fret about their health care costs, their tax dollars are paying for a military that is subsidizing the health care of their European allies.

Perhaps it's past time to start thinking about how to cut our defense budgets, not just our health care and education budgets!