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  •  It means massive unemployment (2+ / 0-)
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    cassandracarolina, blueoasis

    ...and accomplishes absolutely nothing whatsoever.


    A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five. -- Groucho Marx

    by Pluto on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 11:35:59 AM PST

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    •  it accomplishes (2+ / 0-)
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      cassandracarolina, blueoasis

      a major cut in Military Spending,

      which given the "status quo" nature of Congress,

      we'd never see otherwise.


      that's looking on the plus-side.

      the negative-side is there too,

      the question I'm posing is it work that trade-off cost.

      To ratchet-down all the golden-goose military spending.


      Isn't it time to fix the Filibuster?
      -- Here's how.

      by jamess on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 11:43:02 AM PST

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      •  jamess, one in four of us works for the defense (2+ / 0-)
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        jamess, cassandracarolina

        ...sector, even if we only drive a taco truck to Honeywell or fill the vending machines at some midrise that houses front businesses for spooks. The Pentagon is the largest employer on this planet. And we are talking about millions and millions of regular non-military Americans who have no idea that their paychecks and a big part of their cash receipts actually come from defense spending.

        The time to unfund that sector was when the nation was healthy enough to survive. During the Clinton years -- or even the Bush years.

        In the third debate, President Obama said the military sequestered cuts were not going to happen. Believe him. They are not.


        A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five. -- Groucho Marx

        by Pluto on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 11:56:14 AM PST

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        •  well (1+ / 0-)
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          Pluto

          that's just sucks.

          America is suppose be about Opportunity.

          Not about forcing our will on the world.


          Or so I used to think.

          (Can't the Bomb makers be converted to Bridge makers?)


          Thanks for the explanation Pluto,

          Think I'll go build my bunker now ...


          Isn't it time to fix the Filibuster?
          -- Here's how.

          by jamess on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 12:00:18 PM PST

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        •  Yes - a thousand times (2+ / 0-)
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          jamess, Pluto

          Much as I'd like to see massive cuts in military spending, they need to be balanced with growth in other sectors, like green jobs, infrastructure construction, etc. Simply pulling the plug would leave many people and their families out in the cold, jobless, and homeless.

          It's like transitioning from a wartime to a peacetime economy. Can't do it over a weekend.

          Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

          by cassandracarolina on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 01:40:30 PM PST

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