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    "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a THEFT from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."
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    The same psychology that motivated Nazi soldiers to fight to their death is now being brewed again at the Pentagon.




    To Protect Military Budget, House GOP Plans to Cut 25 Percent From Programs "Directly Benefiting the Poor"

    Monday, 07 May 2012 13:37 By Ben Armbruster,


    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), center, House Budget Committee chairman, at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 29, 2012. (Photo: Luke Sharrett / The New York Times)
    The House Budget Committee is set to meet today on a new GOP plan to stave off further cuts in military spending that are mandated by the Budget Control Act's sequestration trigger. The Pentagon will be required to trim $55 billion from its budget next year and House Republicans think they've figured out a way to prevent that: cut programs for the poor, the AP reports:
    The Republicans who control the House are using cuts to food aid, health care and social services like Meals on Wheels to protect the Pentagon from a wave of budget cuts come January. [...]

    Fully one-fourth of the House GOP spending cuts come from programs directly benefiting the poor, such as Medicaid, food stamps, the Social Services Block Grant, and a child tax credit claimed by working immigrants.
    As CAP's Melissa Boteach, Lawrence Korb and Max Hoffman noted in a report last month, with the cuts they are calling for, House Republicans will be protecting "largely useless" weapons systems, preserving funding for unnecessary programs like the V-22 Osprey, and adding two nuclear submarines to the U.S. military's already "overwhelming preponderance of sea power."

    At the same time, the GOP plan would, for example, cut food stamps for 2 million people and reduce the same benefits for 44 million others. Nearly 300,000 school children would lose free school meals and hundreds of thousands could lose their Medicaid or CHIP coverage.
    The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops last month criticized the GOP's cuts to food stamps, tax credits for immigrant families, and other safety net programs as "unjustified and wrong."

    And while the AP notes that the GOP plan "will be dead on arrival" in the Democrat-controlled Senate, "they're likely just a sample of what's in store next year from Republicans if Mitt Romney wins the White House and the GOP takes back the Senate."











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    The truth is that those who say they aspire to help the poor and hungry, build a bureaucracy that runs up enormous debt that robs the poor and starves the hungry, while those who are said to lack compassion build a free enterprise system that employs the jobless poor and provides excesses that are poured into charities to aid the poor and feed the hungry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aslan View Post
    The truth is that those who say they aspire to help the poor and hungry, build a bureaucracy that runs up enormous debt that robs the poor and starves the hungry, while those who are said to lack compassion build a free enterprise system that employs the jobless poor and provides excesses that are poured into charities to aid the poor and feed the hungry.
    But the US Corporate War Machine is always ravenously hungry; and demands to be fed. And what about all those good citizens that it employs? ... To hell with the poor, unemployed and otherwise useless in society. Hitler knew what to do with those who were no use to his Reich. Especially those who refused Nazi conscription, as my JW friends tell me. Mitt's sons elected to reject military service on religious grounds. Hmmm.
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    Ah, the myth of the ravenous US war machine! Truth is, Americans and other "westerners" became overly paranoid about the threat abroad, leading it to launch a preemptive war against Sadaam whose threat to America was overblown in their minds, and leading it to build a war on top of their hot pursuit of Osama and his ilk in Afghaniztan. One war was unnecessary, the other extended 9 years too long. Yes, the military industrial complex pushes its agenda, but Americans are not sheep (sorry, ZG), they know what's going on, and now that they see that involvement in foreign wars is not making things any better, maybe even helping to make them worse, they will not be quick to jump into another war.

    OTOH, somebody, I won't say who, will probably take action to curtail the Irani nuclear program, and that's because most westerners see it as an imminent threat to world peace. No one wants Iran, the leading facilitator of terrorism in the world, to have nuclear bombs. Not America, not Saudi Arabia and other Arab states, not Europe, and most certainly not Israel. Hmmm! What do Aussies say? And who knows what Russia and China want, Russia seeing Iran as a puppet state in the minds of many, and China, often contrarian to western interests.
    Aslan 11/1/90 - 6/15/10 Stormy 1/22/95 -8/23/10
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