Mitt Romney “won” the debate the other night by doing what he has always done: altering his views to fit whatever situation he is in. Much of the media and the public were apparently drawn to Romney’s slick rhetoric that made him appear ready to make deep cuts in America’s mind-boggling deficit. But that math doesn’t add up. He promises tax cuts; surely they’ll stay at approximately the rates they are now. He promises to cut government spending; again, not reliable. But he also promises – promises – to increase military spending by $2 trillion dollars over 10 years. Somehow, this is one promise I believe he’ll stick to.
Romney is eager to increase US defense spending – which already equals that of the rest of the world combined – by leaps and bounds. Leaving aside what a proven liar Romney is, and how unlikely his other deficit-reduction promises are, this graph alone should stop Republicans, Democrats, or any Americans from ever saying he’s a deficit hawk.