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COMMUNITY PUNDITS
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dutchman 10:25 PM on 06/06/2012
Well conservatives, why isn't your party focused on the outrageous fleecing of the American public over the Joint Strike Fighter?   It's easily the largest of many large boondoggles that the military has pursued over the last several decades, and dwarfs the expenditure on those food safety and education programs you want to gut.

Consider:

1)  The total, lifetime cost of the JSF  Read More...
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Righties, you can't eat or drink money.
01:10 AM on 06/07/2012
Defense spending now nothing more than enriching the MIC and they in-turn line the pockets of the Republicans.
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01:03 AM on 06/07/2012
Leave John there.
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Howzat
Eliminate Poverty
12:59 AM on 06/07/2012
No Military Spending Cuts means the sound of Cha-ching in the Republican Coffers.

And will Romney's boys sign up...NOT.

Heck Papa Mittens got FOUR deferments whilst he was eating Bon Bon and Truffles in Paris.
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salesdude
Army Kid, world traveler, former Marine Officer
12:59 AM on 06/07/2012
HERE'S THE BOTTOM LINE:

Defense spending is no longer about the "defense" of America and hasn't been arguably since the end of the Cold War, although I would contend that it hasn't been since the end of WW2.

Procurement of weapons and the support that goes with them has less to do with safeguarding our shores and protecting our interests overseas and more with insuring that congressional districts have defense jobs and military bases providing tax dollars and economic stimulus. The MIC is mainly about jobs in defense plants or in the military itself.

Anyone who's spent time in the military knows there are bases that serve little purpose other than to placate the local congressperson, and there are millions of tons of stored and obsolete equipment sitting in warehouses unused and unneeded.

We now have a military force completely out of proportion to the actual threats this country faces and anyone with a modicum of integrity will admit it. We could easily reduce our forces by half and still have the most powerful force in the world and still meet our treaty commitments around the globe.

A gradual phase down of our 900 overseas bases and thousands in the states, plus a program to employ military people no longer needed must be instituted to make the draw down work. Finally, congresspeople should no longer be allowed to dictate or benefit from which weapons and equipment the military will have whether they want it or not.
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Azure Infinity
This ain't Rocket Surgery...
01:05 AM on 06/07/2012
Thank you, sir! Well said and much needed.
jchandjd
Retired For Life
01:15 AM on 06/07/2012
Agree. This is about supporting the military industrial complex and the corporations who are making weapons and cranking out political contributions to Congressman. It is about the repubs scratching the backs of the military manufacturing machine at ALL COST, and unfortunately, to their stark embarassment.
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salesdude
Army Kid, world traveler, former Marine Officer
01:27 AM on 06/07/2012
Dare I say it's pretty much been that way since the War of 1812, it certainly was that way during the Civil War. Unfortunately we'll never know how many lives were unnecessarily lost because of it.
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Gwendolyn Rouse
12:58 AM on 06/07/2012
Repubicans care nothing about the deficit. All the Republicans do is whine and lie to the American when they are not in charge, but when they are in charge they spend, spend and spend.
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moderated out.
01:13 AM on 06/07/2012
And keep right on whining and lying.
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secular666
12:58 AM on 06/07/2012
& the NSA.

& billionaires.

& everything that affects any GOPer in any way.

so there...see how reasonable we are?

you gotta problem with that, SOCIALISTS!!

and so it goes...
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moderated out.
01:14 AM on 06/07/2012
If you think the dems are socialists,
reagan was a marxist, his spending on government was way higher than any president since.
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secular666
01:20 AM on 06/07/2012
relax, it's sarcasm.

I'm on the progressive side of history.

really...no harm, no foul.
12:56 AM on 06/07/2012
just what the nazis did - make defense spending the top priority.
just as the usa is currently doing, nazi germany out-spent every other nation in military spending.
just sayin'
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12:56 AM on 06/07/2012
The military should be exempt -- It should be taken out of the budget completely. We shouldn't spend a dime on having a military. We should shut down the military and Vets hospitals, and let the fools fend for themselves.
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eljefefx
01:04 AM on 06/07/2012
Fools? Excuse me but who do you think you are?
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Anne Mccormick
12:55 AM on 06/07/2012
why am i not surprised? let's cut the daylight out of any and all social spending. after all, the health and welfare of their fellow Americans is not important. for the Republican lackeys of Norquist it's not important that 50 million Americans live without any health care at all. all that's important is that they get to spend billions on the military, which is not needed.
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moderated out.
01:17 AM on 06/07/2012
Yes, they can deliver stuff to the military without a care about its quality, or durability, the lobbyists will just get more money to fix things.
But let the kids go hungry, we cannot afford social programs.
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AVoiceCrying33
The Narrow path between fundamentalism and atheism
12:55 AM on 06/07/2012
Problem easily solved, transform these military companies into clean energy companies so we can compete with other countries,

We have a bloated military budget and it is immoral to gut programs for the poor while keeping this bloated military industrial complex that just serves itself.
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OldCowboy
Against stupidity the Gods contend in vain.
12:52 AM on 06/07/2012
Here's the thing GOP. If you didn't want to see the cuts, then you should have gone with Obama's 4:1 cuts to revenue proposal. You agreed to the sequestration figuring you could get the sequestration overturned. Now, it looks like the only way that's going to happen is if you can get 2/3 of the House and 2/3 of the Senate to agree to overturn the sequestration. I don't see that happening in this congress.

If President Obama is not reelected, then the GOP will still have to come up with 60 votes in the Senate to override a Democratic filibuster. It is possible that the GOP will pick up a few seats in the 2012 election, but doubtful that they will have the supermajority necessary to overcome a filibuster.
01:01 AM on 06/07/2012
though i would really hate to see it come to this, it just might serve the republicans right to win the presidency and control of congress.
then let's see what their plans are.
boehner said jobs were priority number one. not such a good job so far - unless political advisers have accounted for more jobs than previously thought.
i always thought mccain and palin were "straw candidates" so the republicans didn't have to deal with bush's mess.
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cruller
positively glazed.
12:52 AM on 06/07/2012
Anybody here old enough to remember THE PEACE DIVIDEND? think back... the money we were going to save because the Cold War had come to an end..

In 2011, 20 percent of the budget, or $718 billion, went to defense and security-related international activities. True! Look it up yourself!
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Azure Infinity
This ain't Rocket Surgery...
01:09 AM on 06/07/2012
I do, and how sad...
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Gwendolyn Rouse
12:52 AM on 06/07/2012
It's time to add an asterisk to the Republican tenet that excessive government spending and debt are bad for growth and jobs. Unless it's government money for the military, the asterisk would say.

American voters are just so stupid and the Republicans know that and this is why the Republicans continue to scream the sky is falling while they continue on with their miltary spending that got us in this mess. Republicans care nothing about the deficit just scream and yell like they do.
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JLTorres
Agitate. Agitate. Agitate.
12:50 AM on 06/07/2012
Unbelievable. These guys are not serious about the deficit. The defense budget is over 700 billion and they should be exempt from cuts? Give me a break. It's one of the biggest items in the budget. You cannot seriously expect Americans to accept cuts in social security, health care, education, and other vital services, when you do not want to take the knife to anything on the defense budget. Or tax the super wealthy one cent. These clowns are obviously unwilling to compromise on anything. Let's flush them out of office and send them where they belong.
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Enroh Mot
Veritas Lux Mea
12:50 AM on 06/07/2012
Spreading democracy throughout the world is very costly, especially for those that get the bombs dropped on them.