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  •  We should take a slice out of the defense budget (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm thinking $100 billion.  Obama's baby step of $8B a couple of years ago was pathetic.  There are several corridors where it makes sense, and we need to get away from these 20 year plus project lengths.  I'm watched so many NASA projects die or grow 10X in cost from the slow dribble of multi-year funding.  Here in Calfornia we have slow-pedaled our high-speed rail project so long that the public has given into the naysayers and no longer supports this important project; we don't have room for another  several million cars on our roads, and no matter how much tele-commuting grows our transportation system needs help.  We frankly need a $40B pledge from DC to keep this project alive. Besides, DoD spending creates fewer jobs than any other gov't expenditure, and it's crazy profit margins are just another way the 1% transfers the wealth of working Americans to themselves from the US Treasury.

    A rising tide lifts all yachts. But rowboats get swamped.

    by oddmike on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 08:37:16 PM PST

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      You make great points, especially about the slow pace of infrastructure development in the United States. I also strongly agree that the Defense budget needs to be cut significantly.

      Republicans are far more socialist than Democrats. Just because they want to redistribute the wealth upwards does not make it any better.

      by MrAnon on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 09:15:06 PM PST

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