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The 400,000 Votes That Tipped the Election

CraigWBryant Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 3:21 PM
He's just massively uninformed about how things are paid for in the military. Nearly all of the morale, welfare, and recreation activities are either self-supporting or are paid for using the profits from the on-post exchange services (AAFES/NEX). Based on his comment on the golf courses and his "estimate" of our defense spending he's proven that he's fairly ignorant when it comes what is and isn't in our defense budget, which is okay.
CraigWBryant Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 3:31 PM
Wow...more uninformed non-sense. The VA and DoD are completely separate entities, and the VA most certainly doesn't pay one red cent for any on-post activities. You really should go get educated on the federal budget and how it works.
nodeamass Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 3:25 PM
Rubbish. The VA costs are part of the war machine as is the DOE and all the costs of nuclear weapons. Con't forget the added interest on the debt along with homeland security as well. If you truly want to shrink govt , start with yourself.

Broad trends and the national political undertow can't be adequately captured in any single statistic -- but if Mitt Romney had managed to push the electorate in a handful of states a few clicks in his direction, he'd be the president-elect, rather than an also-ran.  Via Jim Geragthy:

Florida: 73,858

Ohio: 103,481

Virginia: 115,910

Colorado: 113,099

Those four states, with a collective margin of, 406,348 for Obama, add up to 69 electoral votes. Had Romney won 407,000 or so additional votes in the right proportion in those states, he would have 275...