Quotation by Franklin D. Roosevelt

[P]ermanent defenses are a non-recurring charge against governmental budgets while large armies continually rearmed with improved offensive weapons constitute a recurring charge. This, more than any other factor ... is responsible for governmental deficits and threatened bankruptcy. The way to disarm is to disarm.... [Congress and the President strive] for the improvement of social conditions, for the preservation of individual human rights, and for the furtherance of social justice.... It is in order to assure these great human values that we seek peace by ridding the world of the weapons of aggression and attack.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945), U.S. president. Congressional Record, volume 77, pp. 3479, 3499. Message to the Congress (May 16, 1933), vol. II, pp. 124-125, ed. Samuel I. Rosenman, The Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 13 volumes, New York (1938-1950).

President Roosevelt believed that the cost of armaments proved the most consistent cause of national deficits and the underlying major expense in the national debt. He reiterated this theme on numerous occasions.
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