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Reidís Sleight-of-Hand Debt Ceiling Plan Guts Military
Heritage.org ^ | 7/27/11 | Baker Spring

Posted on 07/27/2011 10:14:44 AM PDT by Nachum

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) introduced legislation to raise the debt ceiling this week. In evaluating his plans for future government spending, it becomes clear that budgeting for prudent defense is considered just another line item.

While Americans intuitively know that national security is unlike any other category of federal spending, it is often treated with inherent bias through insider budgeting methods.

Congress tends to selectively ignore what are called “baselines” used for comparing different spending proposals. This is convenient if a Member of Congress wants to generate more phantom cuts to appease a core audience—or, worse, to not take into account all of the military spending cuts that have taken place over the past few years.

A prominent example of this selective ignorance by Congress is seen in Senator Reid’s legislation, where he attempts to calculate cuts, or “savings,” from funding for overseas contingency operations (OCO): operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Reid legislation funds America’s wars at the President’s revised requested level of $126.5 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2012. His bill then imposes a cumulative cap of $450 billion over the next nine years from FY 2013 through FY 2021. This mirrors the Administration’s placeholder amount for future war spending of $50 billion per year and bundles them together. The first gaping flaw is that no one, including Congress or the military, expects war costs to drop that significantly from $126 billion this year to just $50 billion next year.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: debt; debtceiling; debtdeal; debtlimit; default; defensespending; military; militarybudget; reids; sleightofhand

1 posted on 07/27/2011 10:14:50 AM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

Rush just pointed out that a plan that froze spending at 2011 levels would be scored by the CBO as a $9.5 trillion CUT over 10 years.

This is the level of dishonesty we are fighting.


2 posted on 07/27/2011 10:17:36 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Nachum

If Harry “Marble Mouth” Reid is breathing, or even just twitching, he is lying.


3 posted on 07/27/2011 10:20:32 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The more effeminate & debauched the people, the more they are fitted for a tyrannical government.)
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To: DManA

Reid is a fool. To cut our military to those levels when China and Russia are building theirs and the Middles East is ready to explode is one of the dumbest things I’ve heard come out of Washington. Yes, we can fine tune our military budget but to go this extent? This guys needs to be run out of Washington.


4 posted on 07/27/2011 10:22:32 AM PDT by RC2
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To: DManA

Go back to 2008 and add about 15% and that is about where the budget should be.


5 posted on 07/27/2011 10:22:52 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Nachum

I can’t think of anything more stupid and foolhardy than spending Billions in the middle-east wars to protect oil supplies to China with borrowed money from China! It is a lose-lose proposition for us and win-win for China.

Since there are no budget surpluses on the horizon as far as the most powerful telescope can see, we will be paying China interest until doomsday. We are already borrowing 42 cents for every dollar spent. The national debt is growing at alarming rates.

It is time to wake up to reality that we are a bankrupt nation and can not afford military adventures abroad.


6 posted on 07/27/2011 10:27:07 AM PDT by repub4ever1 (Capitalism is not perfect, but it beats all other systems hands down.)
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To: RC2
Reid is a fool.

True. But why throw good money out after bad. The military has already been gutted. For all practical purposes it is just laboratory for progressive social engineering. Unfortunately, at this point we're just on standby for the next Pearl Harbor so rebuilding can begin.

7 posted on 07/27/2011 10:30:14 AM PDT by Calusa (The pump don't work cause the vandals took the handles. Quoth Bob Dylan.)
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To: Nachum

In a nutshell:
Reid’s proposed cuts (7/26/11 per the WSJournal)
total l.5 Trillion, as follows:
l trillion in ‘war costs’
100 billion in madatory spending, but none affecting Medicare, Medicaid or Soc Sec.
400 billion in interest savings.

Of course the 7/26th numbers are sooo yesterday.


8 posted on 07/27/2011 10:31:11 AM PDT by seenenuf ( PREPARE TO BE TESTED!)
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To: DManA

Why Didnt Heritage explain what Rush did Today? Rush Palyed the Clip from 1994 when he first started to educate the Public on how the Budget NEVER gets cut no matter what the Lying Politicians tell you. EVERY American should read this:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2754833/posts


9 posted on 07/28/2011 5:22:03 AM PDT by ballplayer
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