Fast Money

By Bill Maher

 We all know that when the President presents a defense budget, it’s just the opening move in a game where both sides are playing for Boeing. So the President proposes the continued funding of almost everything that spits lead, but picks a few items that he knows Congress will never cut, and they twist his rubber arm, and those items stay in, too. It’s like going to the Piggly Wiggly with Honey Boo Boo and Mama June. If one forgets to put Mountain Dew in the cart, the other will run back and get it. 

But this year, what with our wars more or less ending, it really does look like we’re cutting troops, at least. (To the lowest level since the French and Indian Wars!) Because Obama wants to make America weak. And also because we need the money for planes.

So why are we still spending billions on recruiting?

Between 2008 and 2012, the National Guard spent $136 million sponsoring Dale Earnhardt’s NASCAR team. USA Today reported that, in 2012, 24,800 people contacted the National Guard directly because of the sponsorship. Of those 24,800, twenty (20) were qualified for military service. None joined. That’s $26.5 million for not one single solitary recruit.

I was never any good at algebra, so zero confuses me, but that doesn’t sound like a good return.