Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Stockman Temptation

Andrew Ferguson on the classic budget battle between Stockman and Weinberger:

Even more horrifying, in Stockman’s telling, was his boss, who refused to kick the snuffling porkers away from the trough. President Reagan was a dope. He was given to saying silly things to his budget director. One of the silly things that Reagan liked to say—over and over again—was “Defense is not a budget issue. You spend what you need.”

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