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scarletwoman

scarletwoman's Journal
scarletwoman's Journal
September 5, 2020

So much bullshit!

First of all, the plan to discontinue funding the Stars & Stripes was in Trump's DOD budget and was known in January/February - and was portrayed (absurdly) as a needed bit of belt-tightening. But the real reason may have been to divert those funds to Space Force.

Personally, I also think it could be a good bet that something published in the Stars & Stripes offended him. Plus, this is also of a piece with the Trump administration's ongoing program of destroying the independence of all government institutions, in order to convert them all into vehicles of personal loyalty to him.

In any case, it really didn't make much sense - a measly $15.5 million out of the billions and billions that go into the Pentagon budget?

So, was it all just a head fake from the get-go, in order to provide a kabuki theater moment for trump to ride to the rescue?

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I'm an old white woman, born in November, 1949. My parents lived through the Depression and WWII (my dad's a veteran). I've witnessed a lot of history firsthand, plus I carry the stories handed down to me by my parents, aunts and uncles from their generation, and my grandparents from their generation. Basically, my memory is a depository for most of the 20th century of U.S. history, plus the 2 decades (so far) of the 21st century. //////Important quote: Milos Forman (film director, b. 1932, d. 2018) - "I hear the word "socialist" being tossed around by the likes of Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and others. President Barack Obama, they warn, is a socialist. The critics cry, "Obamacare is socialism!" They falsely equate Western European-style socialism, and its government provision of social insurance and health care, with Marxist-Leninist totalitarianism. It offends me, and cheapens the experience of millions who lived, and continue to live, under brutal forms of socialism." (He lived in Czechoslovakia under Communism before emigrating to the U.S.A.)

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