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Well this pretty much tells you everything you need to know about what Republicans think is really important: appearing on This Week with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, Georgia Republican U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss endorsed a new economic stimulus package...for Afghanistan.

Developing Afghanistan's economy may be a laudable goal, but it's too bad Chambliss doesn't feel the same way about America, where he continues to oppose any sort of legislative initiative to create jobs and rebuild the strength of our economy.


CHAMBLISS: One other component of this that we haven't given enough talk to, I think, is the civilian side.  You have to remember that the Afghan people have a literacy rate of somewhere in the high teens or low 20s. That is -- there's no way for those people to develop any kind of economy.  The economy in Iraq this year is going to be about $900 billion.  The economy in Afghanistan, $900 million.

We've got to stop the violence, work towards influencing the -- the Afghan people to make sure they take their government back and develop an economy for the long term.  That's going to take a while...


STEPHANOPOULOS:  It's going to take a while.  It's going to take a lot of money.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon Oct 12, 2009 at 06:20 PM PDT.

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