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UpInArms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-03-11 06:13 PM
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8. Wrapped in the Flag: The Bush Budget

Bush's new budget is wrapped in the American flag, literally. The four-volume tome is printed on heavy glossy paper and covered with a picture of the American flag.

President Bush is requesting a $48 billion increase in Pentagon spending. If he has his way, total budget authority for military spending for 2003--including military functions of the Coast Guard and the Department of Energy--will reach $396 billion, an $87 billion increase from when he took office in January 2001.

Clad in a leather bomber jacket, Bush addressed Air Force personnel at Elgin Air Force base in Florida to announce the huge increase, the largest since the Reagan administration. "Our men and women deserve the best weapons, the best equipment and the best training," he said to resounding applause. It had better be the best because the proposed increase alone is larger than the entire military budget of every other country in the world except Russia, which spends about $56 billion a year.

Bush made the argument that the United States needs new military spending to address the new threats and a new security environment, saying, "it is very clear that the defense budget is cheap when one compares it to putting our security at risk, our lives at risk, our country at risk, our freedoms at risk." But the President's rhetoric ignores the fact that this new military spending spree has little to do with fighting the war on terrorism.


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