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The House passed a $638 billion defense bill. Your thoughts?

  1. Too much spending
  2. Military needs more money
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Jun-18-13 6:16 PM

Paid for the number of blogs presented by the Republican party. That is where you get your spending money... Hypocrite Dusty.

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Jun-18-13 1:35 PM

MDN cut me off...

And with that in mind, where the h3ll are the libs? Aren't these the kinds of atrocities you people always claim are the result of foreign military occupation and imperialism? You should be all over this just as much as the Right!

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Jun-18-13 1:35 PM

Here's some food for thought...

We hear Conservative voices all the time complaining about subsidizing others' or government undertaking socialist projects.

Yet they are (traditionally, becoming less true I've noticed) the first in line demanding more money be spent on defense/military.

A considerable amount of that money goes straight out of the United States and into maintaining a military presence in many other countries around the world. In short, we are subsidizing those countries' defense/military capabilities with our own rather than demanding they pay their own way.

And since we are subsidizing these other countries' military capabilities, that frees them up to use their own money to undertake increasingly socialistic programs in their own countries.

By this connection, you could say that American military presence around the globe encourages other countries to undertake programs that destroy the initiative, psyche and character of their own people.

And wit

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Jun-18-13 1:26 PM

I voted "too much spending"

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Jun-18-13 11:58 AM

Obviously, hypocrite dusty, you have no point if you have to shout to enhance your non comments. Calm down and get a life. Just because your minority party is getting smaller and more radical does not mean that you can scream your points across....

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Jun-17-13 10:22 AM

Sure, didn't see that coming, billgitmo...

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Jun-16-13 4:57 PM

Yeah, billdoesnt, some of it is rather predictable...

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Jun-16-13 2:17 AM

Defense spending is in Article 1 section 8 of the Constitution. Subsidizing farming is not, when the Constitution was written, farming was one of the main businesses.

If you think defense spending is too high here are some numbers for you to digest. Education 13%, Defense 14%, Pensions 18%, Healthcare 24%, General Government 3%, Protection 4%, Welfare 5 %, Transportation 5%, Interest 5%, other spending 9%. This is how much the Government spends on each program, it seem PPACA, aka Obamacare has a budget 10% higher than the so called bloated defense budget, which is only 1% higher than Education. I for one prefer the government budget money for something they are required to do constitutionally.

Since the First Barbary War 1801 – 1805 when President Jefferson sent the Navy to Tripoli, the United States has been the policemen of the world.

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Jun-16-13 1:23 AM

Reckless military spending broke the USSR.....then again who can reason with a country of gun hoarders

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Jun-15-13 11:55 PM

former Pentagon chief Robert Gates, who bluntly said in 2009 that "health care is eating the department alive."

Ten % of the defence budget, and congress will not ask them to pay more. Completely irresponcible .

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Jun-15-13 11:19 PM

Maybe donnamay and Dusty have a life. Other than whining and crying all the time.

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Jun-15-13 7:00 PM

Willgarr your so stupid, you don't even use a original slam, you have to parrot my comment from the past!!HAHAHAHA

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Jun-15-13 12:24 PM

Save half by closing overseas Bases.

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Jun-15-13 12:21 PM

The increase is merely the increased costs of oil and oil products used by the Pentagon. Oil needs to be purchased and it costs more than ever, so the defense bill is all oil cost increases.

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Jun-15-13 9:20 AM

We need a strong military, for our protection, and also good place for young men and women to get training and discipline. Better than being on the streets and on welfare or unemployment. But we need to stop getting involved in everyone elses business around the world! Mind our own business, protect our borders and put Americans first and foremost!

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Jun-15-13 1:04 AM

Humm?....$960 billion farm bill for 10 years and $638 billion for one year, to make more orphans in the middle should be called the "offense" bill and not "defense"...should have listened to Ike! ! !

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