Compared to Mitt Romney, Nixon may well have been a defense spending dove.
Last week, we showed you how far to the right the Republican Party has drifted by noting that in its 1956 platform, the party called for expanding unions rights, gender equality, investing in science, and other now-banished ideas among right wing thinkers.
Here’s another area where the party has in several decades drifted dangerously to the right.
NIXON: Let’s look at the record on defense expenditures. We have cut spending in our Administration. It now takes the lowest percentage of our national product in 20 years. We should not spend more on defense than we need. But we must never spend less than we need.
Watch Nixon boast of reducing defense expenditures (the relevant section is at 33:06):
Current GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s platform is more than a little different. Romney is proposing a $2 trillion increase in military spending over the next ten years, a plan that the Brookings Institution’s Peter Singer says “doesn’t reflect fiscal reality,” and that other defense experts warn would require huge cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid if taken in conjunction with the candidate’s promise to reduce the deficit.
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