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BUDGET: Is GOP just posturing on cuts?

Letter by Chuck Burton, Steilacoom on Feb. 14, 2011 at 4:24 pm | 91 Comments »
February 14, 2011 4:24 pm

Take away entitlements, interest and military spending and what remains is around 16 percent for everything else in the entire federal budget. And now the new Republican House is going after what is left with a meat cleaver. PBS, NPR, Planned Parenthood, extended unemployment benefits. Wiped out completely. But are these people really serious about balancing the budget and avoiding national bankruptcy?

Our military expenditures are equal to the rest of the world’s combined. Billions and billions for high-tech weapon systems and aircraft carriers that even the Pentagon doesn’t want and that we don’t need.

Why is General Dynamics paying young Afghanistan contractors with high school degrees and few skills $140,000 plus per diem plus housing, more than half of which is tax free? And how much profit is GD making on the deal?
By the way, exactly why are we still in Afghanistan?

I will be happy to listen to the tea partiers when they stop their penny ante posturing which furthers only their own social issues agenda and they start to deal with the actual serious financial crisis of the nation.

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