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Frank and Colleagues (Ron Paul!!!) Scrutinize Military Spending [Shortened Title]
Congressman Barney Frank's Office ^ | May 27, 2010 | Barney Frank, Ron Paul, Walter Jones, and Ron Wyden

Posted on 06/18/2010 4:44:43 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner

As Congress considers appropriating hundreds of billions of dollars in funding for the Department of Defense, a bipartisan group of legislators today announced an initiative to urge the President’s deficit reduction commission to reduce military spending as part of government efforts to address the budget deficit. At a press conference today, Representatives Barney Frank (D-MA), Ron Paul (R-TX), and Walter Jones (R-NC), along with Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), released a copy of their joint letter to the President’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, and outlined their plans for forcing serious consideration of spending that has long been considered a sacred cow.

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“The four of us strongly believe that unless there is a substantial reduction in American military spending over a ten-year period, close to slightly over a trillion dollars, you simply cannot deal with deficit reduction in a way that is economically and socially responsible,” said Congressman Frank.

(Excerpt) Read more at house.gov ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: barneyfrank; birdsofafeather; frank; lovepower; paul; paulbots; paulestinians; paulkucinich08; paulkucinich12; paulobama2012; rinoronpaul; ronpaul
O.K., Paulbots, defend THIS!!!!

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Joint Letter to National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform

1 posted on 06/18/2010 4:44:44 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner
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To: rodguy911; Canedawg; TexasCajun; Brices Crossroads; free me; justsaynomore; ...

Checkmate PING!!!


2 posted on 06/18/2010 4:45:39 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner; humblegunner

Getting out the popcorn. :-)


3 posted on 06/18/2010 4:46:20 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

bttt


4 posted on 06/18/2010 4:46:31 PM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: All
And here are the specific details of their proposal...!

Frank touts domestic benefit of military cuts

5 posted on 06/18/2010 4:48:04 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Beautiful, VR. ;)


6 posted on 06/18/2010 4:48:20 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (http://www.conservatives4palin.com/)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

I wonder if Frank and Paul will meet at Frank’s house for a nice glass of wine and sit by the fire while they study the budget.


7 posted on 06/18/2010 4:48:24 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: All
And here's the actual report (PDF):

Debt, Deficits, & Defense: A Way Forward

8 posted on 06/18/2010 4:50:37 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; blueyon; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...

Surprised why? Thanks Virginia Ridgerunner.


9 posted on 06/18/2010 4:50:38 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
ron paul is a friggin' anti America jerk*** that would better fit into a 60’s commune rather than in government.

LLS

10 posted on 06/18/2010 4:59:11 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer ( WOLVERINES!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
This is a quote from someone, referring to Barney Frank:

"He's supportive of our troops," Bernier said. "He's just saying we should take a look at taking care of our own instead of taking care of the rest of the world."

Yeah, right. These leeches just want money for their own pet projects to keep getting votes from their parasitic voter base. Meanwhile, our troops get the short end of the stick.

11 posted on 06/18/2010 5:02:14 PM PDT by Sister_T ("Calling ILLEGAL aliens "immigrants" is like calling shoplifters 'customers'!"-UCFRoadWarrior ><>)
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To: Sister_T

Sorry, I should have mentioned where this quote came from. It came from the article in the opening post. It’s the last quote in the article.


12 posted on 06/18/2010 5:03:12 PM PDT by Sister_T ("Calling ILLEGAL aliens "immigrants" is like calling shoplifters 'customers'!"-UCFRoadWarrior ><>)
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To: mnehring

At the end of the joint letter, check out who some of the members of the “commission” are with....


13 posted on 06/18/2010 5:05:09 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

“commission” should read” task force.”


14 posted on 06/18/2010 5:07:11 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
I have long suspected that Ron Paul not only shares many things with Barney Frank but co-mingles them as well.
15 posted on 06/18/2010 5:08:38 PM PDT by Artemis Webb (DeMint 2012)
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To: Larry Lucido

Paul in bed with Frank. Heh!


16 posted on 06/18/2010 5:09:35 PM PDT by rintense
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
... or, to phrase it in such a way that the average Paulestinian might readily understand:

FURP!

;)

17 posted on 06/18/2010 5:09:52 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (http://www.conservatives4palin.com/)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Well it will help pay for Paul’s earmarks don’t you know.


18 posted on 06/18/2010 5:13:00 PM PDT by Clyde5445 (Gov. Sarah Palin: :"You have to sacrifice to win. That's my philosophy in 6 words.")
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To: rabscuttle385

Defend this, Paultard...


19 posted on 06/18/2010 5:16:15 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
Wusses! Only a 25% cut? Do away with the military altogether
and fund a domestic force to maintain order and support the
Fuhrer.
20 posted on 06/18/2010 5:22:40 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
“commission” should read” task force.”

Or bath house.

21 posted on 06/18/2010 5:26:38 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: rintense

Interesting how the PaulBots decide who is pure but can always find excuses for Ron Paul and some of their other
phony conservatives when they side with Liberals and the
Far Left.


22 posted on 06/18/2010 5:28:50 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
I don't see the problem. We spend 1.5 trillion a year on defense. We have bases in over 150 countries? We should not be the police of the world and we already have two illegal unconstitutional wars going on right now. Does anyone care about the constitution? I agree with having a strong military but all of our troops should be home. The best way to honor our military is not to send them to war at all unless in defense after an attack (we were attacked not by a state but by individuals). We should be defending our own borders. We are broke. Why are we nation building?? Sending our troops without a declaration of war and then tie their hands... http://towneforcongress.com/platform-issues/afghanistan-war/

http://towneforcongress.com/platform-issues/iraq-war/
23 posted on 06/18/2010 5:34:21 PM PDT by dubie (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.)
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To: dubie

Then lets do away with Police Depts., they cost money too.
Just tell everyone to be good and that way there will be no need for the police.


24 posted on 06/18/2010 5:42:37 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: JimSEA
U.S. Rep Barney Frank supports reducing the U.S. military budget by 25 percent, saying the federal government must consider cutting defense spending, or other cash-strapped government-funded initiatives will suffer more.

He says the cuts are for deficit reduction. The reality is that these cuts are to fund other government "initiatives."

25 posted on 06/18/2010 5:44:39 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: SoCalPol

Money? It’s about the constitution... Why even have one right?


26 posted on 06/18/2010 5:45:21 PM PDT by dubie (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.)
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To: dubie

Methinks your username should be ‘doobie’, cause that’s some stuff you’re smokin’.


27 posted on 06/18/2010 5:48:53 PM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it*s the new black. Mmm Mmm Mmm.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
O.K., Paulbots, defend THIS!!!!

Sure.

In an age of $1.5 Trillion Dollar Deficits, does somebody want to explain to me why we've still got over 80,000 troops defending Germany? Italy? France fer crying out loud?

Let "Old Europe" defend itself. With the Economy suffering the worst downturn since the Great Depression, any dimwitted Paul-Hater who DOESN'T look to Cut the massive Defense Subsidies we provide for numerous countries which don't need it is not a Conservative at all -- they're just a slack-jawed idiot.

Game, set, match.

28 posted on 06/18/2010 5:48:57 PM PDT by Christian_Capitalist (Taxation over 10% is Tyranny -- 1 Samuel 8:17)
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To: dubie
IslamOfascists take over, you won't have to worry about the constitution.
29 posted on 06/18/2010 6:10:30 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

It is amazing some of crap being funded by DoD. Of course a lot have to do with earmarks from Congress (e.g., extra Gulfstreams to fund Pelosi’s trips home). But there are also stupid waste, fraud, and abuse programs to further objectives other than was is best for the warfighter.

For example, the F-22 is an awesome aircraft, but where is the upgrade/replacement for the A-10 Warthog? Most of the AF brass hate it because it is not sexy (fighter or bomber). The AF A-10 pilots love it, and so does the Army. But it about took an act of God to get them into the fight for operation Anaconda (2002).


30 posted on 06/18/2010 6:24:40 PM PDT by where's_the_Outrage?
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To: where's_the_Outrage?

Never could understand why people with no military knowledge somehow know more than professionals. You wouldn’t let your plumber prescribe life-impacting medicine. So why should Congress overrule the generals on what equipment they need? Advise, inform but not dictate.

How does reducing men and materiel make us safer? Or is this DeathCare revisited?


31 posted on 06/19/2010 2:22:32 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: Christian_Capitalist

You’re correct. Sad that we cannot find any common ground even when /if it makes sense.

I’m sick of the Yourapeons getting a free ride.


32 posted on 07/08/2010 6:31:25 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (drain the swamp! ( then napalm it and pave it over ))
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To: dirtboy
Defend this, Paultard...

Not hard to defend at all. It is akin to the pro-warrior alliance with Joe Lieberman (an advocate of socialized medicine and stimulus plans) who has been much praised here for his support of an interventionist foreign policy. If you also attacked that alliance, you might have a right to throw stones at the "Paultards." Did you?

33 posted on 07/08/2010 6:37:09 PM PDT by Captain Kirk
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To: WOBBLY BOB

I note that the pro-world policers absolutely had no problem with their alliance on specific issues with Joe Lieberman (a defender of Obama care).


34 posted on 07/08/2010 6:38:13 PM PDT by Captain Kirk
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