Ike Was Right

'Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children," President Dwight D. Eisenhower said in a speech shortly after he took office in 1953. Senator Bernie Sanders invoked Eisenhower's remarks last weekend in speeches about

'Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children," President Dwight D. Eisenhower said in a speech shortly after he took office in 1953. Senator Bernie Sanders invoked Eisenhower's remarks last weekend in speeches about what the Pentagon wastes and what ordinary people want and need. In the coming weeks Congress will consider hundreds of billions of dollars in military spending for a Defense Department budget that continues to grow virtually unchecked. It is time, Sanders said in a column published by the Boston Globe, for Congress to determine what level of funding makes sense.

To read Senders' column in the Boston Globe, click here.

To listen to Ike, click here