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L. Ron Hubbard essay
The national debt of the United States is more than $18 trillion and growing. Despite politicians’ claims, Social Security, the biggest entitlement program, hasn’t contributed a penny to that mind-numbing figure. In fact, economist Robert Higgs concluded that 91.2 percent of the national debt results from defense spending.
UFOs and Elvis and Nazis, oh my!
If you’re a conspiracy buff … if you have a tinfoil hat tucked away in your closet, … if you feel guilty by being titillated at the prospect of black helicopters whisking away loyal Americans to deposit them in United Nations concentration camps, … if you absolutely know for sure that the Apollo moon landings were hoaxes, … if you’re iron-clad certain that Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson and Princess Diana are partying at a Himalayan retreat where the hosts are the surviving aliens from the Roswell UFO crash, then you were chortling with maniacal glee on May 3, 2016.
Joe Cirincione on the New Trillions of Dollars Arms Race
Because you read this magazine, you likely don’t need us to tell you that the United States spends a lot of money on defense, and that, as a nation, in total disregard of the famous military-industrial complex warning that President Eisenhower issued in the middle of the 20th century, we are set to spend $585 billion this year—less than the peak spending of $663.7 billion in FY 2010.