Statistic of the day:

“But global terrorism has barely touched most Americans in the decade since Sept. 11, 2001, with 238 U.S. citizens killed in terrorist attacks, mostly in war zones, according to the National Counterterrorism Center’s annual reports. By comparison, the Consumer Product Safety Commission found that 293 Americans were crushed during the same stretch by falling furniture or televisions.”

How big is that military budget again?

Answer: much bigger than it needs to be by any reasonable measure*.

-JD Cross

* – and if you rebut: but it’s because of the size of the military budget that we’re so safe, then I say fine, let’s do an experiment. Let’s start reducing spending and see if the number changes. If it does, then we can start to quantify the military outlay in terms of dollars spent and lives lost. Then we can have a reasonable discussion about what the expenditure should be.