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Romney rejects Ron Paul-style austerity, will increase military spending
Washington Times ^ | May 7, 2012 | Seth McLaughlin

Posted on 05/09/2012 8:12:08 AM PDT by Gennie

You can almost hear the collective gasp from Ron Paul's loyal band of supporters.

Speaking Monday at a town hall style-meeting event in Cleveland, presumptive GOP presidential Mitt Romney plunged a fork into the idea that he could come around to embracing Mr. Paul's call for deep cuts in federal spending.

"My job is to get America back on track to have a balanced budget. Now I'm not going to cut $1 trillion in the first year," he said, distancing himself from Mr. Paul's (http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2011/oct/19/paul-time-cut-spending/) plan to slice more than a quarter of the estimated $3.8 trillion being spent by the the federal government.

Why not, someone in the crowd apparently asked, sparking a response from the former Massachusetts governor.

"The reason," he explained, "is taking a trillion dollars out of a $15 trillion economy would cause our economy to shrink [and] would put a lot of people out of work."

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cuts; military; paul; romney
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To: HenryArmitage

My feeling on the patriotic issue is, many go in for the benefits, but come out much more patriotic than before.


41 posted on 05/09/2012 4:23:47 PM PDT by entropy12 (You betcha I won't do anything to help the dog eating, crack smoking socialist thug from Chicago)
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To: Gennie

Well, at least Romney is right on talking about the need for national defense. We’ll see as the campaign goes on what he means by that.


42 posted on 05/10/2012 8:40:12 AM PDT by darrellmaurina
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To: Gennie

The GOP establishment are all Keynesians.


43 posted on 05/10/2012 12:19:39 PM PDT by B Knotts (Just another Tenther)
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To: DarthVader
Military spending is not a problem as it is mandated by the Consitution.

Huh? So, because Congress has authority to declare war, there is no limit to how much we should spend? Not sure I follow you there.

Surely, there is some reasonable limit on how much we spend on defense, allowing for national security needs. Don't think for a minute that the armed forces are exempt from the governmental tendency to waste money.

George W. Bush promised in 2000 to stop "nation building" because of Clinton's record in places like Somalia and Bosnia. As conservatives, we still believe in some limits on how far we extend our military, don't we? Even more than our money, we should be especially protective the lives of Americans in the armed forces who protect us.

Also, if we are to go to war, let us go to war, all the way, and without tying the hands of the military to actually win. That has been a problem in recent years.

44 posted on 05/10/2012 12:27:37 PM PDT by B Knotts (Just another Tenther)
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To: Gennie
Romney's a big government Republican, so this doesn't surprise me. Mindlessly growing the defense budget is not conservative, btw. We don't need a massive Cold War military right now, we need a lean, surgical force that can capably handle the threat of international terrorism and Islamic radicalism.

The dollars we borrow to pay for unnecessary defense programs are just as expensive and difficult to pay back as the dollars we borrow to pay for the left's projects. And while just about everyone here honors the people who have worn the uniform, the military should never be used as a make-work program. We should spend what we need to spend on defense to protect this country, and not a penny more.

45 posted on 05/10/2012 3:09:10 PM PDT by BearArms
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