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Thu Nov 15, 2012, 03:34 PM

Alleging Republican 'blind eye' on defense spending, GOP senator proposes cuts

Source: NBC News

A Senate Republican fiscal hawk offered a 74-page menu of Defense Department spending cuts Thursday that could save taxpayers nearly $68 billion over 10 years. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., said he and his staff had identified several categories of “non-defense spending at the Pentagon,” outlays which he said had “little to do with national security.”

At a Capitol Hill press conference, Coburn accused his fellow Senate Republicans of “having a blind eye on spending.” He summed up their approach as “It’s OK to cut spending anywhere except the Defense Department.”

But, he said “to be legitimate and have any integrity on the issue … everything has to be on the table.”

In the fiscal year which ended Sept. 30, defense outlays amounted to $651 billion, 18 percent of total federal spending, which was a decline of about 3 percent from the prior fiscal year.

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Reply Alleging Republican 'blind eye' on defense spending, GOP senator proposes cuts (Original post)
IDemo Nov 2012 OP
Dubster Nov 2012 #1
IDemo Nov 2012 #2
DCKit Nov 2012 #3
Ash_F Nov 2012 #4
Bibliovore Nov 2012 #13
muriel_volestrangler Nov 2012 #5
rock Nov 2012 #9
Mr. Sparkle Nov 2012 #6
progressoid Nov 2012 #7
penndragon69 Nov 2012 #8
loyalkydem Nov 2012 #10
freshwest Nov 2012 #11
on point Nov 2012 #12

Response to IDemo (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 03:40 PM

1. Spam deleted by gkhouston (MIR Team)

 

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Response to Dubster (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 03:47 PM

2. Calling "edge" on a coin toss and winning is possible

Just doesn't happen very often.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 03:50 PM

3. Could certainly start with some of those types of parties that Jill Kelly was "hosting"...

 

at McDill (and dog knows where else).

That said, I don't trust Coburn.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 03:50 PM

4. One thing that would help Repubs cope is to stop calling it "defense" spending /nt

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Response to Ash_F (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 06:47 PM

13. Very good point.

Things like "Military spending" and "Pentagon spending" just don't have the same ring, do they?

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 04:02 PM

5. About 1% of defense spending? Wow, I'm impressed

I can see that's really going to take a huge chunk out of the deficit, or allow huge amounts of spending elsewhere ...

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #5)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 04:57 PM

9. Yes it's pathetic

Even for Shitpublicans!

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 04:13 PM

6. That seems very small compared to the size of the budget.

maybe maths isn't their strong point.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 04:17 PM

7. Pfft. A drop in the ocean.

But I guess it's a start.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 04:21 PM

8. Yes...privatize more of the jobs that soldiers do everyday.

Who needs soldiers doing the cooking, running supplies of making the water drinkable, just turn it all over
to outside contractors like KBR !

We already tried that one and it cost us MILLIONS in excess charges, waste and fraud.

Just shut down redundant military basses and stop buying / developing useless
unwanted weapon systems and excess spare parts for outdated equipment.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 05:02 PM

10. Is it wrong

for me not to trust this guy? He does vote along party lines after all.

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Response to loyalkydem (Reply #10)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 06:01 PM

11. Not in my book. This is his Trojan horse to cut social spending. He's full of ____.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 06:33 PM

12. Not nearly enough. Try $500 billion / yr for 10 yrs, $5 Trillion.

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