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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Tom Cotton Goes "Hitler" In First Senate Speech; Cruz

Ted Cruz and the nascent Tom Cotton continue their preaching to conservatives about issues that are so far and away "non-issues." Both Cruz and Cotton should be ashamed to climb up on a stage with an oral cavities full of lies. They remind of Cruz's father who all too often prancing around a stage spewing rhetoric like a Nazi Minister of Communications. Cotton recently invoked The Third Reich during a speech on the senate floor. He and Cruz continue to assuage the high cost of unnecessary defense spending while spewing fear: Cruz, "Your world is on fire."  The junior Senators espouse such spending to garner favor from the defense industry without concern for the dangers inherent in "war by spending."

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During his first speech on the Senate floor the "defense contractor's dream" and Israel Emergency Committee donation recipient fulfilled his role with ever-present fear politics from the Right

This 1:42 minute segment from Huffington Post shows what we can expect from Tom Cotton. He has filled a Senate seat for far less than six months and he saber rattles as blatantly as any Senator in recent US history. I believe the de facto Senate leader mentioned Adolf Hitler within the first few seconds of his speech. 
"The world is growing ever more dangerous, and our defense spending is wholly inadequate to confront the danger," Cotton said.
Let's take a look. Even considering Putin's alleged increased defense spending, the following chart depicts a problem for Cotton.

The "Big Spenders" for 2012/2013.

If the horizontal chart doesn't work for you, try this one from 2014:

Is this an example of why elected official like Cotton can snuggle up to defense contractors without reprisal from voters? Fox News delivers:

Pure Poppycock February 12, 2013.....

And, the accompanying video and the linked piece. (Key reading points)
Hemmer explained that, "We just wanted to give viewers at home an idea about what countries are doing over the past four years and the coming four years from here," and that for the current year on defense spending, "China goes up, Russia goes up, and the U.S. remains flat when compared to these other two countries." In the next four years, Hemmer claimed, "on the percentage they will contribute on their defense budget, China is about 300 percent increase, Russia's not too far behind, [and] the United States is not only flat, but it's trailing now as we move toward the year 2015." The graph segued into a discussion with Fox military analyst Major General Robert Scales on how cuts to the U.S. defense budget will harm our military capacity.
 MediaMatters video 
Fox's chart, focused exclusively on growth in defense spending across a specific period of time compared to 2004 budgets, suggests China and Russia are far out-scaling the U.S. on defense spending. But date constraints and percentage change in budgets are meaningless outside the context of actual expenditure. Hemmer conveniently disregarded the actual dollar amount the U.S. spends on defense compared to China and Russia. 
The U.S. spends more on defense than the next 12 top-spending countries combined. PolitiFact examined data by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), both "considered to be leading authorities on worldwide military spending numbers," and determined that, "In 2011 -- the most recent year available -- the United States led the world in military spending at $711 billion ... The next top 12 spending nations accounted for a combined total of $670.9 billion." IISS data discovered that the U.S spends $252.6 billion more on defense than the next top nine nations
Oh, the fallacy of it all.  While the vast majority of military spending funds Maintenance and Operations, US wars also take a major bite from military spending budgets.

If we factor-in the real prospect of a Ted Cruz and Tom Cotton war with Iran, we are taken to a place he US showed avoid like a Republican in the White House. 

A quick look at one US market indicator from Bush's final years through Obama's first four years, clearly shows why demagogues like Cotton, Cruz et al present a clear and present danger.

Do not fail to recall the Bush economy collapsed based on perpetrating two wars while cutting taxes coupled with an artificial and fraud laced sub-prime bubble.

A Republican in the White House with a Congress as it exist today?

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