Enough is enough. We say that when weve had too much.
When do we reach enough government spending?
One way to figure this out would be to determine what is the real public interest and spend enough to cover that, and no more.
Take defense. A good diplomatic policy, backed by adequate military might, serves us all. We can argue what that good policy is, but we certainly dont want more spending than required to serve said policy.
And yet, a much-ballyhooed current defense spending measure is laden with line-item spending projects that the Pentagon didnt ask for.
President Obama, when he was a candidate, promised to crack down on such spending. Its usually called pork. Unfortunately, politicians like pork.
A fascinating post on the USA Today website explains how our prez signed a pork-laden spending bill left over from the previous year but vowed to be more vigilant going forward. Now, his administration is lauding a $636 billion defense spending bill, for the fiscal year that began Thursday, that includes $2.7 billion in earmarks — including funding for destroyers and cargo planes the Pentagon didnt ask for.
Such spending doesnt serve us all. It serves a few, back home in some districts. And it helps re-elect their representatives.
All at our expense.
By definition, its more than enough. Its too much.
This is Common Sense. Im Paul Jacob.