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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Armed Services Committee Approves Largest Military Budget Ever

Late Tuesday night, the Republican controlled House Armed Services Committee approved a budget for the military for next year for a total of around $700 billion.  The biggest military budget in the history of the US, a large part of that budget was to fund a extra engine for the F-35 fighter jet. 


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The main contractors of the engine project are Rolls Royce and GE, who gave over $200,000 to members of the committee during their respective election campaigns.  Even the Republicans that are claiming to be "fiscal conservatives", like House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) are in favor of this project, since it is lining his own pockets.  The Pentagon has gone on record to say that the engine is unnecessary, and that they don't feel it is something that should be included in the budget.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said “Every dollar additional to the budget that we have to put into the F-35 is a dollar taken from something else that the troops may need", and advised President Obama to veto any budget that includes funding for this unnecessary project. 

In this time of fiscal responsibility, shouldn't we consider tightening the belt of all programs?  Or at least the one's that are deemed not necessary by tho who are in charge of running the program itself? 

9 comments:

  1. Don't raise the debt ceiling and force the cut. End the war and the troops won't have anything to be taken away.

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  2. Not raising the debt ceiling means america defaults on it's loans. Which means a worldwide collapse similar to the great depression, with a d, not an r

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  3. Please tell me your comment is a joke. This happened in the mid 90s and the us didn't collapse. Repubs lost Americas faith and dems took control. If you reduce spending you don't have to raise the debt ceiling

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  4. You mean in the mid 90s Clinton era? When taxes were higher and there was a balanced budget?

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  5. You can thank clintons predecessor. I assume you arent adding in social security. Eisenhower was the last pres with a true balance budget with all factors included. Reduce spending no need to raise the debt ceiling.

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  6. So are you agreeing that military spending should be reduced? Because actually it isn't even in the conversation of spending cuts.

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  7. I was only answering nicks final comment in his article. Yes, it should be reduced IF it is truly a waste. This wouldn't be an much of an issue if there wasnt a war.

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  8. http://j.mp/mCiNuz /via I woke up to have this pop up on my phone today

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  9. There are better ways to curb spending without defaulting on our loans thus devaluing the USD and putting us back into a recession

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