I must disagree with Wattenberg. I think that after six years of the Reagan presidency, America is in worse shape. The $300-billion defense budget is theft. It robs the homeless, the sick, and America's unemployed of a chance at a good life.
America's health-care system is in a shambles, and thousands live in the streets after tiring of looking for jobs that don't exist.
The infrastructures of America's major cities are falling apart, and educating this country's young people in public schools is becoming nearly a joke. The Social Security system is also approaching bankruptcy.
Yet more and more money is being poured into "defense," where spurious contracts with ridiculous cost overruns are the norm and weapon systems are built that make America more vulnerable, not less.