It’s a slippery slope

One downside to occasional government meddling in the economy (an activity I wholeheartedly support!) is that it creates a precedent for continued government meddling in the economy (an activity I mostheartedly support!) When the government becomes the economy, there’s just a big pile of downsides.

My brother points me to efforts to preserve the world’s most advanced fighter jet, the F-22 Raptor, on grounds that it will supposedly support 95,000 American jobs. (The same argument is often used regarding any potential cuts to NASA: you’re going to destroy good-paying American jobs. Which is true enough.)

The (im)morality of war spending aside, the bottom line is that if we’re going to compete in the modern economy, we can’t be spending more than the rest of the world combined on military while having mediocre health care and education systems and a crumbling national infrastructure. We need to massively reallocate the nation’s resources. But it’s hard when you’ve got these guys coming after you:


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