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  •  The entire congress is Intellectually Dishonest (4+ / 0-)

    on the Deficit. No one mentions Defense cutting as if it is some Sacred Cow. Insanity.

    Obama & The Nude Deal: You're on your friggin' own Grandma.

    by CitizenOfEarth on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 10:11:03 AM PDT

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    •  we have to stop using the word defense, MIC is (5+ / 0-)

      what it is, and the payoff to those in congress and that swinging door for the top brass.

      Great PR move to keep the almost unlimited source of funds going, to change the name from the Department of War to the Department of Defense.

      Because who likes that word war, but the word defense sells well. Like the use of the word detainee instead of prisoners.

      $ 800,000 cost per year to keep each prisoner at Gitmo. Many that will probably die of old age there. And millions more now are to be spent to redecorate & rehab Gitmo.

      And the Billions go out to MIC as below

      http://www.defense.gov/...

      "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand?" David Crosby

      by allenjo on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 10:36:35 AM PDT

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      •  Good call. (3+ / 0-)
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        I hadn't thought about that but yes, it's PR 101 -- give it a positive name and people don't even question it.

        Kinda like if they named  a bill that legalized spying on citizens without a warrant , "the Patriot Act".

        Obama & The Nude Deal: You're on your friggin' own Grandma.

        by CitizenOfEarth on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 10:44:05 AM PDT

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      •  At one time, (1+ / 0-)
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        it was called the Department of War.  I believe that more appropriately describes its function now.  We are in perpetual wars of our own making and now we are hearing the hawkish drumbeats for war with Iran and North Korea.

        "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

        by gulfgal98 on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 01:19:04 PM PDT

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        •  lawmakers never lack the votes for war funding (3+ / 0-)
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          which makes this whole austerity kick sadder still, and so much harder to understand.

          Money for war, but must cut back social spending.

          "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand?" David Crosby

          by allenjo on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 01:34:13 PM PDT

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