Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
This is a true picture of the federal priorities, nevertheless... And don't forget who is at the receiving end of all these military toys, so it's legitimate that we care and be surprised. Your arguments about States vs federation are just too nuanced to have any impact!

I hope you will complain with the same vigor the next time we compare public sector expenditure between countries, and France (and others) are said to carry unsustainable burdens because healthcare is paid from the public purse instead of being paid by individuals to private insurance companies, or similarly with pensions...

... or when the marginal tax rates of France and the US or UK are compared, without taking into account the most basic automatic deductions, and the family allowances. Not everybody is a young bond trader...

I suppose all I am saying is - Americans seem surprised when superficial arguments are used against them, and don't seem to realise how often they make the same.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed Oct 12th, 2005 at 06:13:29 PM EST
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