Friday, August 19, 2011

Backwards

I was just reading a March, 2007 report from the Government Accountability Office called "Defense Acquisitions: Assessment of Selected Weapons Programs, GAO-07-406SP" (Yes, I know, but there was nothing on TV.) when I came across this little gem:
As entitlement programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid consume a growing percentage of available resources, discretionary programs—including defense—face competition for the increasingly scarce remaining funds.
Does that seem backward to anyone else, or is it just me?  In a nation whose constitution lists defense as one of the very few responsibilities of the federal government, why in the world is defense spending considered "discretionary" when entitlements that have no consitutional mandate are not? 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"Bass! Ackwards," as Dad would say.

Ran