Ross Perot on Homeland Security
1992 & 1996 Reform Party Nominee for President
It is just plain wrong to think that “progress” as a nation requires shifting from a manufacturing economy to a service economy.
BUSH: I think it is important that the US stay in Europe and continue to guarantee the peace. We simply cannot pull back.
PEROT: If I'm poor and you're rich and I can get you to defend me, that's good. But when the tables get turned, I ought to do my share. Right now we spend about $300 billion a year on defense. The Japanese spend around $30 billion in Asia. The Germans spend around $30 billion in Europe. The European Community is in a position to pay a lot more than they have in the past. We seem to have a desire to try to stay over there and control it. They don't want us to control it, very candidly. So it I think is very important for us to let them assume more and more of the burden and for us to bring that money back here and rebuild our infrastructure. Because we can only be a superpower if we are an economic superpower, and we can only be an economic superpower if we have a growing, expanding job base.
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