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Response to Jasonrc42 (Reply #8)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 05:21 AM

15. Congress hasn't been able to pass any major spending bills since Repubs took the House.

The only bills that came out of Congress since the House was retaken by Repubs in 2010 were stop-gap measures aimed at extending unemployment insurance in exchange for a temporary extension of the Bush tax cuts and to raise the debt-ceiling in exchange for painful and automatic spending cuts to programs both Repubs and Dems favor.

Military spending is one that isn't overlooked, though. Republicans love a good spending binge as far as war and military contractors go. Congress spends something like 700 billion a year on a war machine trying to find itself another Cold War to justify such largesse. China is a distant second at 140 billion a year. Our old Cold War enemy Russia is half that of China.

But money for defense of consulates and embassies? That's the Dept. of State. Pulling embassy detail isn't as lucrative as bombing and invading entire nations and getting taxpayers to subsidize the profit margins of your friends in the defense contractor industry like Halliburton and Dick Cheney. If it were as lucrative, every one of our embassies would be ringed by miles of barb wire fence, guard towers, land mines, and machine gun nests.

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