Originally Posted by patteeu
I don't know why you think spending on defense should be static. If people who make these decisions had followed that philosophy, we'd still be fielding a horse cavalry and arming our soldiers with muskets. It costs money to modernize.
I don't know what the "5 times" thing meant so I guess I fail to see your point too.
The health of Americans isn't wrapped up in whether or not we spend a few $billion on brain research. We'll still have a top notch health care system if was spend zero federal dollars on that research. That's why it's not essential.
An argument could be made that it should be adjusted if it weren't so consistently high. We average approximately $600 billion a year. China topped $100 billion for the first time ever. That's what the 5 times means (I cleaned the numbers up to keep them simple for you but it's between 5-6 times more than the next guy.) I think there's still plenty in there to upgrade from muskets(Did you really just go there? )