War is spending

Written by Rosa Colucci on .

It is amazing how many knee-jerk conservatives in both the Post-Gazette letters to the editor and the PG's Open Letters blog claim that tax reduction stimulus plans are the only things that have been successful in reviving the economy in the past. They invariably cite the failure of FDR's spending and make-work projects during his first two terms, and then, in the next breath, they incomprehensibly claim that our entrance into World War II was the only thing that brought the country out of the Great Depression.

Huh? What do they think World War II was, if not a gigantic government spending project with no tax-cut stimulus?

And don't they understand that the "guns and butter" spending and tax cuts during both the Vietnam and Iraq wars is what helped precipitate the current economic crisis and also the severe stagflation of the late 1970s? President Carter had his share of faults, but, like President Obama, he inherited the consequences of a highly questionable war of choice initiated on false premises and fought on the ridiculous notion that people at home did not have to make economic sacrifices.




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