Guns and Butter

Guns and Butter

Flexing America’s military might around the world is expensive, especially when a war seems to never end, as was the case in Vietnam. A conflict which had its roots in the Republican Eisenhower administration brought down a Democratic President Johnson two administrations later. A big difference between the two was that Johnson also put forward the “Great Society” at the same time, starting new entitlement programs that match or exceed our war debt every year.

Explain what differentiates are “just and legitimate” war from one that is “unjust and illegitimate.”

Provide reasons either for or against a “war tax” that would pay for the cost of a current war as it is being conducted, rather than borrowing to pay for it.

Agree or disagree with the following statement and justify your opinion: “It is not possible to maintain massive war and policing efforts around the globe while maintaining generous social programs at home without the threat of national insolvency.”


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