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  •  Stupid? Or intentionally misleading? (10+ / 0-)
    As the federal government becomes a health care state, there will have to be a generation of defense cuts that overwhelm anything in recent history.
    Well, we haven't had a defense cut in recent history.

    Maybe now that we're stopping two wars, and have less need to project supreme military power throughout in the Middle East...let's face it, their oil isn't worth the trouble...we can return to peacetime spending.

    One piece of free advice to the GOP: Drop the culture wars, explicitly.

    by Inland on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 08:17:24 AM PST

    •  Misleading -- that's my point (6+ / 0-)
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      DuzT, TomP, mindara, Inland, Rusty Pipes, 714day

      He's deliberately ignoring our long history of excessive defense spending, and the poor ROI! I think he's giving talking points to other GOPers, so expect to hear more of this argument in the coming days/weeks.

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      by LiberalLady on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 08:19:20 AM PST

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      Brooks is a consistently stupid writer.  His notion of cleverness is to cloak his partisanship in the gauzy folds of what he considers to be 'reasonable' discourse.  Problems arise when one unpacks his luggage to reveal the same, over-worn elephant hide suits.

      To me he embodies the worst of punditry, the smarmy, pseudo-intellectual shill pretending to be fair and balanced.
      The first sentence of the article in question is a clue:  "Most Americans don't like government."  While on the surface, that may seem to be accurate, its pretty clear that Brooks and his companions on the right have been devaluing government for years, and that the current disfunction in Congress is just another Republican attempt to suffocate the baby in broad daylight.

      The very cronies of Brooks who ruin government with their lobbying and money are the one's responsible for the bad rap government gets all around.  Couple that with the broken system of drawing House districts, and you have what you have now, a government that most don't like.  What rankles is Brooks lack of integrity in honestly appraising the situation.  He's just another partisan hack masquerading as a thoughtful commentator.

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      by Timothy L Smith on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 08:52:32 AM PST

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    •  Clinton cut defense quite significantly (0+ / 0-)

      For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

      by Anne Elk on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 09:22:10 AM PST

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