One of about a thousand elements of the “centrists” re-write of the stimulus package for which we’ve heard no convincing policy rationale was the appropriation of an additional billion dollars for nuclear weapons. That’s pretty clearly not a productive investment in America’s future. Nor is it clear why you’d think it’s especially stimulative. As CAP’s Andrew Grotto observes, nuclear weapons questions need to be treated in strategic context and it makes no real sense for congress to be conducting freelance nuclear policy ahead of the formal Nuclear Posture Review. This is money that would be much better spent on general aid to states or food stamps or school construction.