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Anatomy of a Flop: GOP "Cliff" Counter-Offer Fizzles

DelicateLoyalist Wrote: Dec 04, 2012 1:50 PM
"the military would receive a dangerous haircut" nonsense. we could shave 20% and still be dominate. Close all foreign bases and bring the troops home. Put them on our borders for a while. Quit funding the UN. Cut off all foreign aid. That should be a decent amount of change right there.
Jay Wye Wrote: Dec 04, 2012 2:39 PM
military based overseas means we fight over there instead of on our own soil. it also gives us the ability to respond faster,both to military threats and natural disasters. having our forces spread out also makes it much harder to eliminate them all in any attack.
OTOH,your other two suggestions are good. boot the UN and cut off foreign aid,except to our good and faithful allies.
Harold15 Wrote: Dec 04, 2012 2:15 PM
That is exactly what we should do. It makes perfect sense. And, because it does make sense and it's what should be done, the idiots in the government won't do it. They don't do sensible.
Stephen577 Wrote: Dec 04, 2012 2:13 PM
I like this idea - but those Barry?

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