The recent series of articles on the Soviet Union in the Los Angeles Times was quite interesting (Part I, Oct 25-Nov. 7). What I found of greatest interest was the drag of the military on the economy. It's obvious that Gorbachev's eagerness for an arms control deal with the United States is a recognition of the uselessness of an ever greater arms spiral.
I would like to point out that we too could benefit from a respite. We have a national debt under President Reagan of close to $3 trillion, a tripling of the debt in the last seven years. This debt has been used to build a military we are incapable of supporting.
The gyrations of the stock market are a warning that all is not well here. Reagan has short-changed us on the number of air-traffic controllers, on the modernization of their equipment, on collision avoidance equipment, etc., so that plane travel is a riskier enterprise than need be.
Our infrastructure--bridges, highways--is so neglected it rates, as The Times quoted an authority, a C-plus. The government doesn't spend all the monies appropriated by Congress in order to make our finances look better.