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Defense Budget “decrease” is not

Originally published at BunkBlog. You can comment here or there.

You know how the right-wing pundits have been crying about the stimulus package including too much money for poor people? Compassionate conservative my…

Anyway, those same pundits have been crying about the President’s budget proposal containing a 10% reduction in the defense budget. The proposal is for 527 billion dollars, which is actually the exact same number that former President Bush had projected for 2010. If you look at the numbers, this represents an increase in the military budget from 2009 of over 30 billion dollars. Somehow, the wingers didn’t notice the actual real-life decrease in defense spending from 2006 through 2008, yet they have invented a decrease for 2010 that doesn’t exist in any logical way. Oh, and by the way, we still spend almost as much on our military as the entire rest of the planet combined. I doubt anyone will think we’ve become weak and vulnerable any time soon.

As I may have said before, think for yourself and never believe pundits without research.



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Feb. 3rd, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
In this case, they're calling it a decrease because it's less than what the Joint Chiefs put in their dream budget request. That ranks up there with my dream sheet for assignments in the Army - I never got to go to any of those places, but that doesn't mean the Army did anything wrong.
Feb. 3rd, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
Well, and if the situation in Iraq is actually stabilizing, and people aren't getting shot at or killed by roadside bombs every day, it really should cost less, yes?
Feb. 4th, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
You quit with your treasonous logic, woman!
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