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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 09:07 PM
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Yay! Budget deal would give DOD extra funds in exchange for cuts to social programs!!
Edited on Mon Apr-04-11 09:09 PM by Bluebear
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The Pentagon is poised to reap billions more in federal funds, according to sources close to the discussions. The confines of the budget negotiations established by the two parties results in a system where every extra dollar going to military spending ends up being offset by a dollar reduction in spending on domestic social programs.

Democrats and Republicans are now moving toward an agreement that would increase defense spending. But Democratic sources close to the talks said the Democrats' spending recommendation remains roughly $2 billion shy of that of their Republican counterparts.

If you plus up those areas together, one high-ranking Democratic official said, what happens is you have to take it from somewhere else. And where are you taking it from? From Labor, Education, the NIH , health care, the social safety net. Thats how they are trying to jam us.


http://www.americablog.com/2011/04/huffpo-budget-deal-w...
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 09:10 PM
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1. Thank you for cheering for my demise. What a friend.
PPPfffttthhhhhh........

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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 09:10 PM
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2. Hey, just trying to be a Democratic TEAM PLAYER
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 09:22 PM
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4. rah, Rah, RAH! Cis-boom-bah!
We gladly sacrifice ourselves for the great POOH-BAH!

oh, just shoot me now.....
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Autumn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 09:16 PM
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3. Of course.
These people make me sick. :puke:
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Luminous Animal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 09:23 PM
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5. Thoroughly depressing.
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 09:28 PM
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6. There is no deal.
The HuffPo piece is completely misleading. From Huffpo

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Either way, the late-stage negotiations over a budget resolution hit a snag Monday, in part because of domestic spending cuts necessitated by the hike in military spending. According to Politicos David Rogers, several chief areas of dispute remain. Among them are $3 billion in funding for the establishment of new nonprofit health cooperatives, a component of the presidents health care reform package that is cherished by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.). Negotiators are also discussing roughly $10 billion in cuts to the Labor, Education and Health and Human Services departments.



Politico: GOP bill: Fund Pentagon for year, government for week

Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) weighed in as well, targeting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), with whom he sparred over the weekend. And the Republican strategy is clearly one of beating up on Senate Democrats and betting that the White House is so eager for a deal that it will pressure Reid to go along just as the presidents chief of staff Bill Daley has seemed to twice up the bidding for more cuts.

Reid responded in kind, describing Republicans and their tea party allies as rejecting reality in favor of ideology. Indeed, Democrats argue that Boehner is torn between appeasing the right and the real political math of the divided Congress nothing can become law without Democratic support.

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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 03:11 AM
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7. .
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readmoreoften Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 03:29 AM
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8. Don't forget to vote!
It's much nicer to be fucked over by Democrats than Republicans.
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