Great Moments in ‘Debating’
In the Michigan debate, economic imbecile John McCain just recommended that Ron Paul read The Wealth of Nations. Oh Jesus. Paul had just commented on how America’s fiscal insolvency is a result of maintaining a welfare-warfare â€“ especially warfare â€“ state. The military-industrial complex rakes in the dough, the politicians profit politically by distracting the yahoos from the nation’s real problems, and the national debt grows and grows â€“ to be paid eventually in taxes, inflation, or both.
By the way, here’s Adam Smith on imperial warmongering:
In great empires the people who live in the capital, and in the provinces remote from the scene of action, feel, many of them, scarce any inconveniency from the war; but enjoy, at their ease, the amusement of reading in the newspapers the exploits of their own fleets and armies. To them this amusement compensates the small difference between the taxes which they pay on account of the war, and those which they had been accustomed to pay in time of peace. They are commonly dissatisfied with the return of peace, which puts an end to their amusement, and to a thousand visionary hopes of conquest and national glory from a longer continuance of the war.