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March 5, 2010
The NYT told readers the defense spending in the United States is equal to 4.0 percent of GDP. The Congressional Budget Office reports that it was 4.6 percent of GDP in fiscal 2009 and will be 4.7 percent of GDP in fiscal years 2010 and 2011.
As the sequester looms, what's most clear is that both parties have given in to the idea that our chief problem is deficits.
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Dean Baker is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C. He is the author of several books, including Plunder & Blunder: The Rise and Fall of the Bubble Economy, The Conservative Nanny State: How the Wealthy Use the Government to Stay Rich and Get Richer and The United States Since 1980. Read more about Dean.