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“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some 50 miles of concrete highway. We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. This, I repeat, is the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.”
President Dwight D. Eisenhower, April 16th, 1953
Having been the supreme allied commander of the armies that liberated Europe from the hell of Hitler’s Germany, General Eisenhower understood the need for a strong national defense. Yet as President, Eisenhower fought against the waste of excessive defense spending and went on to warn our nation about the disastrous rise of misplaced power by the military-industrial complex. It is my conviction that we have failed to heed his warning.
If elected, I will be ready and willing to vote for necessary cuts in military spending and I am confident that if the former General and President were alive today, he would do the same.
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