This week, the House of Representatives is considering H.R. 4310, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013. The legislation, introduced by Republican Congressman Buck McKeon, defies last year’s debt limit budget deal, in which Barack Obama agreed to cut Medicare and education spending in return for Republican agreement to cut military spending. H.R. 4310 keeps the pork barrel Pentagon spending going fast and free.
Doesn’t this loose spending of government money contradict Republican claims that their political party is dedicated to fiscal responsibility? Not according to Congressman Joe Wilson. Yesterday, Representative Wilson rose to give a speech to his colleagues in Congress, telling them that military spending is somehow different than all other government spending. Representative Wilson declared that military spending “does not contribute to our growing national debt.”
How does that work? How could it be that dollar spent on schools for America’s kids increases the national debt, but a dollar spent on bombs and bullets used to kill people in America’s wars does not increase the national debt? Are there different economic rules that govern military spending and domestic spending?
Joe Wilson, you lie. A dollar of debt is a dollar of debt, regardless of the way that it’s spent. Republicans can’t expect us to believe that they’re against big government spending, after voting for a big government spending bill like H.R. 4310.