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  •  What was Rivera trying to accomplish? (1+ / 0-)
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    If it was to put Garcia through a primary test, that helps the winner as often as it hurts, maybe more .  If it was to create a racial cleavage, couldn't he have found an actual African-American candidate?  

    By the way, I did like Louise Slaughter's accent and vigor.  Two of her three claims are wacky (who bans our products? why should all of our defense materials be made in the US but other countries are supposed to by our stuff?)  but it's nonsense deeply ingrained in our party.

    Romney '12: Berlusconi without the sex and alcohol!

    by Rich in PA on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 05:15:03 AM PDT

    •  There is a distinct case (1+ / 0-)
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      to be made for requiring domestic production of military hardware, for two reasons:

      (1) In the event of a conflict, it's bad policy to be dependent upon imports for key components; and

      (2) Related to (1), it's best to have the components manufactured in an environment where the government can exercise at least some control over the process, including the security arrangements.

      For these reasons, military hardware production and normal goods don't follow the same logic.

      •  That logic, if pursued by other countries... (0+ / 0-)

        ....would destroy our defense industries.  And it's a logic that profoundly insults our allies, because it presumes they won't be allies tomorrow.

        This is just badly disguised protectionism.  I have nothing against protectionism--it's my instint, really--but I do have something against nonsense claims about our actual security.

        Romney '12: Berlusconi without the sex and alcohol!

        by Rich in PA on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 11:47:57 AM PDT

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        •  I don't know what you're going on about. (0+ / 0-)

          Consider that most imports to the US are by sea. What's the first thing that the opponent tries to disrupt in a war? Movement of materiel. Hence, it makes perfect sense for the government to source materiel where it can protect the manufacture and transportation thereof effectively.

          It has no bearing on the political state, present or future, of present arms suppliers.

    •  What specific part is nonsense? (0+ / 0-)

      I consider myself a free trader, but it's clear that the situation isn't as clear cut as some make it out to be.

      "The election of Mitt Romney and a supporting congress this November would be a...disaster for America. Think of the trainwreck that has been the Conservative government in Britain since 2010. And square it."--Brad DeLong

      by bjssp on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 10:00:50 AM PDT

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      •  There is no free trade in defense components. (0+ / 0-)

        There's free trade in thoroughly commodified, non-critical bits of defense components, and some people would like to eliminate that because it makes demagogic good sense.  But it doesn't make sense on any other level.

        Romney '12: Berlusconi without the sex and alcohol!

        by Rich in PA on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 11:49:09 AM PDT

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