Comment: Actually much of the defense

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Actually much of the defense

Those economic arguments have zero merit. How can a soldier in Germany be more economically beneficial than a senior citizen in Florida? How can investing in weapons be better than investing in healthcare?

Actually much of the defense spending is unconstitutional insofar as it furthers undeclared wars and is not "for the common defense". Furthermore, Social Security and Medicare are arguably constitutional provisions "for the general welfare" under the taxing power.

While I prefer a more narrow view of the spending power, there is some merit to the "liberal" interpretation of the "general welfare" clause from even a Textualist perspective. However, it is pretty clear that military spending is limited to "the common defense". In fact Supreme Court dissents have argued that the Constitution DOES NOT PERMIT an imperialist foreign policy in cases dealing with rights of inhabitants of US territories.

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