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No DUplicitous DUpe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 03:17 PM
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How Will The U.S. Pay For The Libyan War?
How Will The U.S. Pay For The Libyan War?
(posted with permission from http://sane-ramblings.blogspot.com/2011/03/how-will-us-... )

On the 8th anniversary of the Iraq War, President Obama, with U.S. allies, launched the Libyan War. But President Obama didn't say how he intends to pay for this war so presumably like the Iraq and Afghan Wars, it will go on the credit card.

Given that the U.S. government already borrows 40 cents of every dollar it spends and is running the printing presses at the fastest pace in U.S. history, what will happen to America's finances?

And as those finances deteriorate even further, what will become of the food and medical programs for poor families and operation head start for their children and in-home health care and food programs for the elderly and frail. Will the U.S. continue to layoff teachers, police and firefighters?

The President painted the U.S. a hero for attacking Libya's tyrant, Moammar Kadafi, but how heroic is it when those most in need in the U.S. are left to suffer in silence because there isn't enough money for them. Please join me in raising your voice for compassion and fiscal sanity.
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Statistical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 03:18 PM
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1. Same way we pay for everything....
Edited on Mon Mar-21-11 03:22 PM by Statistical
People in China like to save.
People in the US like to spend money we don't have.

It is a match made in heaven.

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Desertrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 03:19 PM
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2. Why their oil will pay for it.
Duh.

:sarcasm: up to a point....



Wasn't that their plan in Iraq, too?
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catenary Donating Member (132 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 03:19 PM
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3. Add a third shift at the mint.
:shrug:
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No DUplicitous DUpe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 03:24 PM
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11. Yeah, and order more printing presses, paper and ink!
Nicely put.
:hi:
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ClarkUSA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 03:20 PM
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4. The writers of that blog sound like corporate teabaggers. Their bios reek "Republican".
Edited on Mon Mar-21-11 03:20 PM by ClarkUSA
I'll bet they had no problems when BushCo and Tom DeLay ran up the debt like drunken sailors.
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leftstreet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 03:22 PM
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10. Interesting times. Republicans are starting to sound *gasp* antiwar
Although I guess turnabout would be fair play
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ClarkUSA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 03:25 PM
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14. No, they're probably Ron Paul types who could give a shit about brown foreigners.
Bet they didn't complain about the Iraq war costs during the BushCo years, though.
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leftstreet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 03:28 PM
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18. It's all posturing
The Democrats SWEPT the 2006 midterms by loudly complaining about Iraq.

Then promptly handed Bush a blank check



It's just interesting - seeing the right starting to do the same thing
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Rage for Order Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 04:02 PM
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31. I could give a shit about ALL foreigners, not just the brown ones
And I complained about the costs of the Iraq War, the tax cuts for the wealthy, AND the Medicare prescription drug program that was a giveaway to Big Pharma. Now what?
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catgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 03:26 PM
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15. Did "fiscal sanity" give it away?

No mention of a humanitarian crisis here. Nope. No mention of a rescue mission for the libyan people.
These anti-Obama (and/or) teabaggers are so obvious.
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ClarkUSA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 03:29 PM
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20. lol! Yup. That and their bios, which read like Fortune 1000 profiles.
P.T. Barnum and Joe Biden were so right, weren't they? ;)
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displacedvermoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 03:47 PM
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28. Where is the money coming from now that we are
involved in another military misadventure fully tied to our Democratic President?

Sinmple enough question?
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ClarkUSA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 04:02 PM
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32. Ask the White House if you're so interested. Then email the OP's teabagging bloggers.
Edited on Mon Mar-21-11 04:03 PM by ClarkUSA
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StarburstClock Donating Member (583 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 03:32 PM
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21. That it does but ad-hom attacks aside the question is still valid "Who Will Pay"?
America is already spending money on 2 fake wars and many states are trying to destroy worker rights. It is a very valid and current question "Who Will Pay"
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ClarkUSA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 04:03 PM
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33. Ask the WH if you're so interested. Then let the OP's teabagger bloggers know what they say.
Edited on Mon Mar-21-11 04:20 PM by ClarkUSA
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No DUplicitous DUpe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 12:21 AM
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45. RE: I'll bet they had no problems when BushCo and Tom DeLay ran up the debt .
Well, you would have lost that bet.

And the author of that blog has held 261 candlelight vigils:

The Candlelight Vigils, A Plea For Peace in Iraq and Afghanistan, are typically held Wednesdays from 6 pm to 7 pm in Torrance, CA. in memory of all who have died or been seriously wounded in the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan. Please join me by lighting a candle each Wednesday evening for an hour, wherever you are, such as in the privacy of your home or office. If you do, you will find that candle's glow is magic as it brings these people into your heart. It may even touch your soul.
http://candlelightvigils.blogspot.com /

..one every week for over 5 years, protesting the wars we are in. He is committed to policies of peace. Too bad the president we both voted for has acted like "Bush lite" on far too many policy decisions.
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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 03:20 PM
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5. Same as always. Soak the poor while protecting the rich.
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Desertrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 03:21 PM
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7. +1
Yup.
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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 03:21 PM
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6. print mo money, call social safety net "entitlements" n cut em
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sad sally Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 03:42 PM
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24. You can bet the defense contractors, who are in their counting
houses counting all their soon to be new money from this latest venture, won't be asked to pony up any more in taxes; nor will the wealthy whose stock gains from military spending are making them squeal in delight today; nor will those who call for military intervention volunteer to pay more in taxes to pay for this insanity.

Nope, you are right - those horrible people who think they're entitled to safety nets like food stamps, social security, medicare, medicaid - the poor and middle class will just have to suck it up a little more, put an extra hole in their belts, cut food intake in half, forget about sending the kids to college, forget about healthcare, forget about anything except paying for their countries forever wars.
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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 03:43 PM
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26. yupyup
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StarburstClock Donating Member (583 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 03:21 PM
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8. Borrow more money then demand that the middle class make "sacrifices"
because "we're at war". Same old propaganda story.
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 06:02 PM
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41. The sacrifices always start with the very poor and work their way up.
If you think that the sacrifices start with the middle class then you weren't paying attention while the millions of people below you got robbed and pushed further down. :(
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Motown_Johnny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 03:22 PM
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9. one more argument for repealing the Bush tax cuts during the 2012 debates
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 03:24 PM
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12. bake sale?
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raouldukelives Donating Member (945 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 03:25 PM
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13. Tax cuts for the obscenely wealthy
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No DUplicitous DUpe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 04:00 PM
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30. Well, that would show continuity with our past policies. nt
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NightWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 03:26 PM
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16. park the school buses, make the fat kids walk to school
or just fire all the teachers and close the schools already. Here they are rumoring to want to go to a 4 day school week, that will quickly go to a 3 day, then a 2 day, then online only.....
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sad sally Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 04:37 PM
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38. And if the government can dumb down its people enough, they'll
be more able to compete in this global world. Can you say cardboard houses with no running water or sanitary facilities; work for $1 a day, if lucky; scap those pesky child labor laws?
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Blue Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 03:27 PM
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17. Gov. Scott Walker says stripping away union rights can solve the financial crisis
Hell, I'd trust a c-level college dropout tucked deep in the corporate pocket.

:sarcasm:
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Sky Masterson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 03:29 PM
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19. Hopefully with a world free of Kadoofus.
Edited on Mon Mar-21-11 03:30 PM by Sky Masterson
It amazes me how we liberals who support equal rights and freedom and choice and peace quickly turn to our wallets and the me me me factor in a situation like this.
Yes it cost a lot. Yes it's unfair that we choose who is worth saving and who is expendable. But god damn..We can't let the perfect be the enemy of the good

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No DUplicitous DUpe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 10:22 PM
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42. Yeah, but using bombs to help people in need...
there has got to be a better way.
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JoeyT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 02:17 PM
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48. I've got no problems paying for humanitarian things.
But I can think of about a billion things that the money could be better spent on than further enriching war contractors.

So yeah, we're not worried about our wallets. We're just pissed off because every time we demand any help for any group that isn't a millionaire we're told "We're broke. No cash. Too bad.", then the second a chance to launch some exploding penises at a country comes up, it's blank check time.
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 03:38 PM
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22. I propose that we institute immediately a Lybia War Tax on Pepsi and Coke. nm
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driver8 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 03:40 PM
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23. You have to pay for wars???
Damn...no wonder our country is so fucked up.
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No DUplicitous DUpe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 03:43 PM
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25. You have to pay for wars??? Yeah, but the "you" you mentioned is us.
Sucks, doesn't it?
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driver8 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 04:21 PM
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36. It definitely sucks.
I have to make jokes to keep from crying...
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Kennah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 03:44 PM
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27. Why start now?
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dkofos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 03:50 PM
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29. Let your grandkids worry about it.
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AntiFascist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 04:03 PM
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34. No one ever talks directly about the giant gorilla in the room...

isn't almost 50% of our debt due to Pentagon spending?
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ClarkUSA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 04:04 PM
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35. The U.S. should just shut down because everything goes to the deficit. Make Grover Norquist happy.
Edited on Mon Mar-21-11 04:15 PM by ClarkUSA
Besides, brown-skinned pro-democracy underdog rebel foreigners in real danger of genocide from a whacked out dictator who called them "rats" to be exterminated aren't worth much anyway. :sarcasm:

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lifesbeautifulmagic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 04:27 PM
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37. duh. we will pay for it by giving the very rich among
us a tax cut.

See how that doesn't work. :)
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Vinca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 04:38 PM
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39. Grandma's going to have to give up breakfast.
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grahamhgreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 05:48 PM
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40. WITH TAX BREAKS, MORAN! Dah!
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lib2DaBone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 10:53 PM
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43. war is a racket.... our elected officials can steal more with a pen...
.. than any criminal can steal with a gun.
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PatentlyDemocratic Donating Member (15 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 11:03 PM
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44. Like a parasite, the military-industrial complex is bleeding us dry
And they promote tax breaks for millionaires to add insult to injury.
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Amonester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 12:37 AM
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46. Easy: just seize all the kkkoch god-ha-fees' belongings, off-shore accn'ts
and all the tax-free billionnaire god-ha-ful's multiple houses, condos on the 5th, marinas, fiscal-paradises hideouts, etc.

They've collectively starved enough people and spread poverty around for decades.
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Amonester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 12:54 AM
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47. On edit, don't forget their private planes, gold portfolios, wives' jewels...
Champagne depots, everything.

Woops, you think they'll hire mercenaries to keep 'em all for themselves??? :scared:
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No DUplicitous DUpe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 04:30 PM
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49. "What will become of the food and medical programs for poor families..
..and operation head start for their children and in-home health care and food programs for the elderly and frail. Will the U.S. continue to layoff teachers, police and firefighters?"

But money for war? No problem.
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