Neb, you've got a job to do.
But in a post-industrial (buzzword alert!) economy, isn't using the military as a stimulus rather ineffective?
Note: "Defense spending acts as a mild stimulus; when stimulus is hard to come by, policymakers have to take this effect seriously. Moreover, substantial cuts to the defense budget (which I heartily favor) will without a doubt eliminate many solid, well paying manufacturing and service jobs." IOW, better than nothing. Volcker at the helm of the Fed didn't hurt any either, though Reagan did initiate the long and ignominious reign of Mr. Bubbles.
"Relatively ineffective" would've been a better wording on my part. My point was that being a military Keynesian is significantly less effective than being any other kind of Keynesian, so we still shouldn't give Reagan a pass on such things.
True, though it is a wee bit hypocritical to make a massive stink over his racking up debt (other than to point out the fact that the "Reagan as fiscal conservative" mythos is laughably false) while calling for...a massive racking up of debt.