The Great American Military Rebrand

“A new defense bill crammed with political pork smashes records, but you likely didn’t hear the news, because War is Good again.”

“If you questioned the size of the defense budget in 1956, the answer would be, ‘Are you some kind of commie?’ Today, ‘the shoe is kind of on the other foot,’ says Mott. ‘In the Cold War, it was the leftists at home you had to keep an eye on. Now, it’s the reactionaries.’ In a global struggle, a cigar can never be just a cigar, and there’s no such thing as just a defense budget. There’s only the question, ‘Whose side are you on?’”

(A great article by Matt Taibbi)

Published by markskidmore

Mark Skidmore is Professor of Economics at Michigan State University where he holds the Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy. His research focuses on topics in public finance, regional economics, and the economics of natural disasters. Mark created the Lighthouse Economics website and blog to share economic research and information relevant for navigating tumultuous times.

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