Stephen M. Walt

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Not my favorite line from last night’s speech, but it still caught my eye…. …the plan I’m proposing will cost around $900 billion over ten years – less than we have spent on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and less than the tax cuts for the wealthiest few Americans that Congress passed at the beginning ...

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WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 09: U.S. President Barack Obama greets people in the House chamber after addressing a joint session of the U.S. Congress at the U.S. Capitol September 9, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama addressed the joint session to urge passage of his national health care plan, the centerpiece of his domestic agenda. (Photo by Jason Reed-Pool/Getty Images)

Not my favorite line from last night’s speech, but it still caught my eye….

…the plan I’m proposing will cost around $900 billion over ten years – less than we have spent on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and less than the tax cuts for the wealthiest few Americans that Congress passed at the beginning of the previous administration.

Keep that in mind when your local school district is forced to cut a few more programs or lay off a few more teachers, when your car hits another pothole on a bridge that needs repair, when your public transit system cuts service or raises fares, and when the federal budget deficit continues to rise. Stupid foreign policy decisions don’t just cause problems overseas; they undermine our quality of life here at home. And as I said once before, it remains a puzzle why the GOP is eager to tax us to pay for ambitious social engineering projects in faraway lands, yet loathe to fund programs designed to benefit Americans here at home. It’s equally puzzling (to me at least), why Americans have gone along with this idea. So far.

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Stephen M. Walt is the Robert and Renée Belfer professor of international relations at Harvard University.

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