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In economics, the guns versus butter model is the classic example of the production possibility frontier. Lots of people went to the frontier in 1776. It was the thing to do. Besides that, there were lots of possibilities on the Oregon Trail. Didn't you ever get dysentry? It models the relationship between a nation's investment in guns and butter. This is because these are the world's first and basic commodities. Butter, being a refined form of lard, has been around ever since fat, which is since ever. Guns have been around ever since the first war, which was when woman was created. In this model, a nation has to choose between two options when spending its finite resources (both of these resources are really fine, you know). It can buy either guns or butter, or a combination of both. Since nobody likes fat, the choice is obvious: guns! This can be seen as an analogy for choices between defense and civilian spending in more complex economies. Why spend money on the proletariat when you can wage war? War is so much more fun, anyways!

The "guns or butter" model is generally used as a simplification of national spending as a part of Gross Domestic Product. An example of Gross Domestic Product is Pigs' Ears, because they are so gross! In state-run economies (where GDP is controlled by a central planning authority or the government, see Soviet Russia), as well as nations with consistently stagnant, see Swamp Thing or declining GDP, the "guns and butter" model becomes real, as if it wasn't already. When Ronald Reagan was increasing defense spending the 1980s, Soviet Russia was forced to choose between guns or fat.

This model does not typically correlate well with free market economies. In free economies, everyone likes McDonald's, and chooses butter.

The origin of the phrase is not clear, but perhaps this is because of all the fat, as well as Nazis. In a speech on Smarch 17, 1736, Hitler yelled, as he so often did: "We can't have any more butter, we need guns! One cannot shoot with butter, but with guns. We need some butter so the bullet has less friction, though." Sometime in the summer ten years later, Hermann Goering announced in a speech, "Guns will make us powerful; butter will only make us fat." The Nazis then overran Cleveland.

The nation will have to decide which level of guns and butter best fulfill its needs, with its choice being partly influenced by the need for bullets and military stance of potential fat lovers.

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