Rand Paul Critiques Excessive Military Spending

Arnie Alpert on November 13, 2015
Rand Paul seemed to be uninformed about plans to spend a trillion dollars on a new generation of nuclear weapons, but did call for an audit of the Pentagon.

After filing his official candidacy papers with the NH Secretary of State, Senator Rand Paul spoke in front of the State House.  "We can't defend our country by going further into debt," he said. "For those who want a trillion dollars in military spending,  a trillion dollars more   welfare.  Guns and butter.  We can't borrow our way to prosperity, and we can't borrow our way to strength."

As he left the State House Plaza, I followed him to his car and asked about the plan to spend a trillion dollars on new nuclear weapons.  He asked if that is the same trillion that Marco Rubio wants to spend on military programs.  I said I didn't think so.  As he climbed into his car, he called for auditing the Pentagon, which I agreed was a good idea.   

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Arnie Alpert

Arnie Alpert

Arnie Alpert is co-director of the American Friends Service Committee’s New Hampshire Program, which he has led since 1981.  In that time he has been involved in movements for economic justice and affordable housing, civil and worker rights, peace and disarmament, abolition of the death penalty, and an end to racism and homophobia.