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Prior to, oh ... about 1975, the US political consensus was for the government to provide Guns and Butter.  Once the economy could no longer afford both the political consensus was to focus on the Guns.  This decision resulted from a fundamental agreement within the US elite and government circles: can't bomb brown people & Steal Their Stuff if you don't have guns.

I no longer expect rationality in the US, much less any vague sense of the Public Good.  The US seems to want thieves, money grubbing greedheads, and batshit insane crazy people setting the limits and terms of National Debate and deciding National Policy.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Mon Apr 12th, 2010 at 03:20:23 AM EST
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