October 24, 2008

Frank: Democrats Will Cut Defense Spending by 25%

Marc Comtois

As Monique mentioned, the ProJo has endorsed Barney Frank. I wonder if they would reconsider, given that Frank now says he will cut defense spending--an important piece of Rhode Island's economy--by 25%.

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said Democrats will push for a stimulus package after the November election, and called for a package reducing defense spending by 25 percent while saying Congress will "eventually" raise taxes.

Frank told the editorial board of the SouthCoast Standard-Times that he wanted to reduce defense spending by a quarter, meaning the United States would have to withdraw from Iraq sooner.

"The people of Iraq want us out, and we want to stay over their objection," he said. "It's extraordinary."

Frank also said the post-election stimulus package will focus on spending for building projects, extending unemployment benefits, and further supporting states' healthcare costs. "We'll have to raise taxes ultimately," Frank said. "Not now, but eventually."

See what economic stimulation a Democratic Congress will bring? Higher taxes and lost jobs! Just ask 'em.

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... come to think of it, why do taxes have to go up at all, for anyone?

Posted by: Monique at October 24, 2008 4:00 PM

Because spreading the wealth around is inherently good.

Indeed, its the overarching function of the federal government.

It says so, right here in the U.S. Constitution. Right here under Article ... uh, I know it's here somewhere ... uh ...

Oh, that's it. It's in the Constitution of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

I "hope" to bring that here, for that's the "change that I believe in!"


Your Savior,

Barack Obama

Posted by: Tom W at October 24, 2008 4:10 PM

Military should be cut by 75%. We still would be the biggest spenders in the world-by far.
When are you people going to learn that interventionism and world domination (like torture, domestic spying and detention without trial) is not a conservative belief but one of the Left-especially the Trotskyite's who control Bush.

Posted by: Mike at October 24, 2008 9:29 PM

What's wrong with world domination, if it's dominated by liberty and freedom, as opposed to Islamofascist tyranny? I'm not advocating we invade everyone, but we have to look at the big picture. If we put blinders on, that doesn't mean that our enemies disappear, too.

It's not about how much you spend, it's about what you get for it. Obviously, there are always placed to trim the fat, without jeopardizing national security.

The way I think is, if the Dems win, let Barney and the gang try to do just that. You would see a public revolt, followed by the biggest electoral reversal in American history at the very next election.

Posted by: Will at October 25, 2008 2:47 AM

"What's wrong with world domination"

What's wrong with minding your own damn business. Suppose all Muslim oil states decide to stop exports to countries who don't behead sodomites?
It's none of their business what we do internally-just as it's none of our business what they do. If they want to stone adultress's-too bad-it's none of our business. If we want to put corrupt, pathetic perverts who take pleasure in licking other men's anuses in City Halls instead of on a chopping block-too bad-it's none of their business.
We need to tend our own garden (to paraphrase Voltaire). That goes not just for Iraq and Afghanistan but Liberia, Haiti, Darfur, etc.
George Washington said it best-
"Go not abroad in search of monsters to destroy."

Posted by: Mike at October 25, 2008 9:58 PM

Why are American troops still in Sinai,Bosnia,Korea,Japan,Germany and other places that have been stabilized with regard to armed conflict for a long time now?

Posted by: joe bernstein at October 26, 2008 12:37 PM
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