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Why don't deficit hawks care about the cost of military adventurism?

Why don't deficit hawks care about the cost of military adventurism?

Crippling deficits and a nightmarish national debt are popular, recurring tropes in American politics: Every few months, politicians and the pundit class seem to recall that we’re broke. While some are no doubt sincere in their concern, our pocketbook cops are wildly inconsistent. They complain that America is running out of money when it comes to helping the poor, people of color, the disabled and the elderly. Their worries miraculously disappear whenever the military wants to start a new war.

Let’s begin with a recent editorial in the Washington Post alleging that single payer in the U.S. is simply unaffordable. It cited studies showing it would cost “$32 trillion over 10...

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