Following up on yesterday’s post, I want to direct you to an enlightening article by the Washington Post on the size of the military. Be warned that the article is long, yet it is worth every minute of your time. In it, the writer explores just how large the U.S. military has become. Special attention is devoted to the rise of intelligence. Did you know there are over 850,000 people with Top Secret clearance? So much for the small government that conservatives advocate. Yes, not all of them are technically government employees – the U.S. subcontracts to a bunch of other agencies. This has developed into a multi-billion dollar a year business for these agencies that work for the government. For example, in 2005, the U.S. military and defense budget was $522 billion which was more than the next 30 countries combined.
For me, it is not a question of whether the government should be big or small. Instead, the question is what all these government employees should be doing.