If Obama’s Speech Writers Wanted to Quote Eisenhower….

Obama’s speech writers were apparently unable to find a more meaningful quotation form Eisenhower than the unremarkable: “Each proposal must be weighed in the light of a broader consideration: the need to maintain balance in and among national programs.” Of course, had they Googled for a few seconds they would have found Ike’s warning about the dangers of the Military-Industrial Complex. Then again, given the nature of Obama’s speech, they probably made the right choice.

David Beito is a Research Fellow at The Independent Institute and editor of the Independent book, The Voluntary City: Choice, Community, and Civil Society (with Peter Gordon and Alexander Tabarrok).
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