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Danielle Pletka and Thomas Donnelly take to the Washington Post op-ed page today to push back against what they see as insufficient support for high defense spending on the right. They make some good points, but they seem a bit deaf to the reason that Republicans are starting to make noises about cuts to the Department of Defense, namely the state of the federal balance sheet. Too often, commentators who call for spending on defense seem so indifferent to domestic policy that they never get around to addressing where the money for all this spending should coming from.
As Peter Suderman notes over at Reason, the GOP can’t seem to bring itself to tackle the cost of health care entitlements, and indeed often seem to talk as if Medicare is sacrosanct. If foreign policy hawks like Pletka and Donnelly are serious about shoring up defense as a spending priority, they ought to be joining budget hawks in calling for cost control in entitlements.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?