SPENDING VS. SPENDING
David Frum asks an interesting question:
The U.S. government spends some $2 trillion a year. President Bush’s $87 billion request for reconstruction aid amounts to less than 5% of the total. Why should this one-time investment in a more secure Middle East raise more questions than, say, a huge and ever-expanding federal commitment to pay for the prescription drugs of non-poor senior citizens?
True. One can certainly argue the merits of the $87 billion expenditure, let alone make a pretty good case that providing drugs for the elderly is a better use of the money than a possibly nebulous peace in the Middle East. But arguing about the money per se is rather odd.