Peace protesters not so bright

But you knew that. Not exactly headline news.

I spotted an article today about a peace protester couple in New London, Connecticut.

Her parents were also peace protesters, then against the U.S. side of the Vietnam war. So’s her husband:

She’s married now, to Patrick Sheehan-Gaumer, who was raised in Norwich by parents Rick Gaumer and Joanne Sheehan, who founded the New England chapter of the War Resisters League in 1985 and are still active in the cause.

Here’s the funny part:

They are “purposely poor,” Sheehan-Gaumer, 34, said, explaining they are “a family of five living below the taxable income level on purpose, so that we don’t pay federal taxes.”

Asked why, he said, “Because about 50 cents of every dollar paid in taxes goes to the Pentagon.”

It’s really only about 16%, plus a portion from an additional 8% if you include veterans’ benefits — although that number includes retirees from other federal departments.

But they didn’t entirely make their number up. Left-wing groups like to play games with the number, first pulling the Social Security surplus from the budget (not unreasonably), then (very unreasonably) allocating all the debt to Defense.

Assuming we were going to take them seriously (always a big mistake), there are several problems with this. First, health and welfare alone are enormous (and we’re not even counting the portion paid through state taxes). And to lump all those debts to Defense simply forgets the fact that our budget has been almost entirely in the red since the Great Society. We used to spend a much larger portion on Defense in the 1950s.

If you think the government spends a lot on health care, that’s not even all of it. The state budgets come out to a similar amount.

Regardless, I’m not so sure they have to be that poor. It sounds like they work at non-profit charities. If the Clintons didn’t teach them how to skim money off of that, they’re missing out.

Then again, I said they’re not so bright.

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