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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Rand "I believe in misinformation" Paul Clones Senate Leader Tom Cotton: Increase Defense Spending!

Libertarian and political Chameleon Rand Paul joins others vying for the GOP nomination via politicking on increasing defense spending.  INCREASE DEFENSE SPENDING!!!!!

Before we show a Huffington Post piece with Rand Paul pulling an obvious Netanyahu, let's do a quick and familiar review of graphics related to US Defense Spending. As you peruse the follow graphics, ask yourself as set of questions.  

First, do we really need increased defense spending? 

Next, whatever happened to fiscally conservative Republicans? Is GOP mantra showing like a dirty skirt undergarment? Is their mantra mere false prophecy to appeal to millions across the nation who seem to long for war?

A tertiary question. We are re-committed to a war in Afghanistan that has run a full 13 years and has span well beyond its bottom line charter "Get bin Laden."  When will Americans grow weary of entities that directly benefit for war?

One last digression before Rand "I believe in misinformation" Paul. How about a quick look at the running cost of George Bush and Dick Cheney's personal crusade? If you follow this link you will also see the extent to which defense contractors plant the seeds of war as if a farmer sowing a corn field.

Where is the sanity among Republicans clamoring for increased defense spending? I ask for your patience and full consideration of the following graphics. 

Whenever I hear or read a Republican speak of increasing defense spending, I reflect on two sets of data that we should recall and hold at the forefront of our cognitive processes.

military spending

Now, lets see how our tax dollars are spent.

2013 Defense Spending

Obama's 2016 proposed budget and the GOP  proposed  Budget

Now for Paul. 

Rand Paul Channels His Inner Tom Cotton, Calls For Defense Spending Hike

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WASHINGTON -- The Most Interesting Man in American politics is quickly becoming anything but.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who is expected to announce his campaign for president next month, on Wednesday quietly introduced an amendment that would drastically boost defense spending over the next two years. The measure, first spotted by Time, would allocate an additional $190 billion to the Pentagon -- amounting to an approximately 16 percent increase to its budget. To offset the increase in spending, Paul calls for substantial cuts to U.S. foreign aid, the Environmental Protection Agency, and departments of Education, Commerce, and Housing and Urban Development.

"It is done in response to others in both chambers who are attempting to add to defense spending -- some way more than Senator Paul's amendment -- without paying for it," Doug Stafford, Paul's senior adviser, explained in a statement. "This amendment is to lay down a marker that if you believe we need more funding for national defense, you should show how you would pay for it. No one should be seeking increased funding for anything by increasing our debt."

The proposal marks a notable reversal for Paul, a libertarian-leaning senator with Tea Party cred who swept into office with promises to slash defense spending. In his first five-year budget, introduced in 2011, Paul called for a draw-down and restructuring of the Department of Defense that would have reduced its budget to $548 billion by fiscal year 2016. "Military funding has often far outpaced not only our most likely enemies, but has often outpaced the entire world’s military spending combined," he wrote at the time. By comparison, his new stance would boost spending to approximately $697 billion in the same year.

The amendment gives Paul a line of defense against potential rivals for the Republican presidential nomination -- Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and Ted Cruz of Texas -- all defense hawks who have accused the Kentucky Republican of advocating for a less muscular foreign policy. But in so doing, Paul dropped any pretense of being a new brand of Republican, one dedicated to reforming the bloated defense establishment, as he presented himself early on. It puts him more in line with some of the more hawkish members of his party, like freshman Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), who suggested spending upwards of $900 billion on defense annually.
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How pathetic are the GOP fiscal conservatives? Each GOP wanna be president is aware of the spending data.The end-of-day question is, why lobby for fiscal expenditures that so hurt the US economy when increased defense spending beyond current ratios will not make the United States more safe? If you need assistance in answering the question you are probably a strong candidate for a GOP vote in 2016.

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