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Embrace the Sequester

Richard1354 Wrote: Feb 22, 2013 9:48 AM
This may be the one thing to keep alive our hope to save the national economy. Sequester YES! YES! YES! Why not? I believe we need a strong defense, but we spend way too much money on defense now and with the end of two wars, why keep spending so much? And we need more budget cutting, drastic budget cutting, but this is a start. At last, the Adminstration is trapped in a a trap of their own making.
Jerome49 Wrote: Feb 22, 2013 10:08 AM
Pull the troops out of Afghanistan and put them on the Mexican border.
Milt37 Wrote: Feb 22, 2013 10:46 AM
Jerome,

It's Constitutionally prohibited to use the military for domestic law enforcement purposes. Not that Obama ever lets the Constiturion get in the way of what he wants.
Wayne371 Wrote: Feb 22, 2013 11:30 AM
I think that a case could easily be made for protecting our borders with Mil. personnel. It is an illegal invasion of our borders, and our mil. have the duty of protecting the USA for foreign or domestic threats. States have pulled the National Guard units in to fight fires, and demonstrations many times in the past, so I see nor problem with Active Duty personnel protecting the borders from foreign invaders. Who do you suppose would fight the war if a flotilla of Navy from China, or Korea came to our coastal borders and tried to land unauthorized personnel? We sure wouldn't send out the Sheriff and his boys.
Tired in Texas Wrote: Feb 22, 2013 3:06 PM
But if you consider the illegal immigration problem an invasion by foreign nationals, it becomes a federal defnese issue, not a domestic law enforcement issue.
Vader!*#% Wrote: Feb 22, 2013 6:23 PM
We have heavily armed gangs terrorizing our citizens along the border. Declare martial law in all counties next to the border. Deploy units returning from Afghanistan in this area. Interdict any and all coming across. Those who are armed and are dumb enough to open fire should be blown off the face of the earth. This is way beyond a law enforcement problem and I am not talking about illegal immigrants.

Something odd happened a few months ago as I weighed the various aspects of the dreaded Sequester Monster, a creature vilified across party lines.

It is often true that if enough people in government say something is bad, there is a strong chance of redeeming qualities.

So my journey began. The only element of the sequester that bothered me in the least was military cuts. But my friends at the Institute for Policy Innovation properly observe that defense spending will not fall below 2007 levels, which were 75% above pre-9/11Pentagon budgets.

High enough for me? Of course not. I actually want...