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Defending Defense: How the GOP Can Escape the Budget Box Canyon

3129 Wrote: Dec 06, 2012 1:45 PM
Defense spending is nothing compared to the total Federal payroll. The Constitution REQUIRES congress to provide for national defense. It does not require a National Labor Relations Board, a Great Society, or an Affordable Healthcare Protection Act complete with the attendant new regulatory agencies that will be created to provide more government union dues paying employees. Viva la revolucion.
ericynot Wrote: Dec 06, 2012 2:07 PM
3129,

Defense spending accounts for 20% of the federal budget. That's hardly "nothing". The point being made here is that we spend waaaayyyyyy more than necessary on defense. For instance, the F-16 can hold its own with any existing or foreseeable aviation threat, but we're budgeting $1.1 trillion for the newer F-35. Just because the Constitution allows something doesn't mean we have to do it, especially when we're already broke.

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