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  •  "Where are all the funds coming from (5+ / 0-)

    that run the government?"

    ...Not to mention financed the last Republican president's little overseas adventures in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    It's funny...the Republicans don't seem to be against taxation as long as the money is being used to kill people...

    It's only stuff like feeding people, creating jobs, rebuilding roads, you know, those anti-American kinds of things, that they don't like very much. Funny, that. :D

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    by Eowyn9 on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 07:37:49 AM PST

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    •  Right you are Eowyn9 . To be fair, the President (2+ / 0-)
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      and Congress have experience funding stimulus projects, just need to do here what they have been doing abroad

        The Secret Building Boom of the Obama Years

      America Begins Nation-Building at Home
      (Provided Your Home is the Middle East)
      By Nick Turse

      A billion dollars from the federal government: that kind of money could go a long way toward revitalizing a country’s aging infrastructure.  It could provide housing or better water and sewer systems.  It could enhance a transportation network or develop an urban waterfront.  It could provide local jobs.  It could do any or all of these things.  And, in fact, it did.  It just happened to be in the Middle East, not the United States.

      The Pentagon awarded $667.2 million in contracts in 2012, and more than $1 billion during Barack Obama’s first term in office for construction projects in largely autocratic Middle Eastern nations, according to figures provided to TomDispatch by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Middle East District (USACE-MED).  More than $178 million in similar funding is already anticipated for 2013.  These contracts represent a mix of projects, including expanding and upgrading military bases used by U.S. troops in the region, building facilities for indigenous security forces, and launching infrastructure projects meant to improve the lives of local populations.

      The figures are telling, but far from complete.  They do not, for example, cover any of the billions spent on work at the more than 1,000 U.S. and coalition bases, outposts, and other facilities in Afghanistan or the thousands more manned by local forces.  They also leave out construction projects undertaken in the region by other military services like the U.S. Air Force, as well as money spent at an unspecified number of bases in the Middle East that the Corps of Engineers “has no involvement with,” according to Joan Kibler, chief of the Middle East District’s public affairs office.

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      by divineorder on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 08:06:18 AM PST

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