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    Hmmmm...sure.




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    Survey: Majority of Voters Favor Defense Cuts

    From the US News and World Report:

    Survey: Majority of Voters Favor Defense Cuts

    By John T. Bennett July 16, 2012

    Overwhelming numbers of Americans living in both Republican-leaning and Democratic-leaning congressional districts favor slashing annual military spending, according to a new survey.

    Seventy-four percent of Americans living in Republican districts say they favor cutting the Pentagon's budget, while 80 percent residing in Democratic districts answered the same.

    The survey was conducted by the Stimson Center, Center for Public Integrity and Program for Public Consultation.

    It found that participants hailing from districts that receive the highest levels of defense dollars "were no less willing" than respondents in districts that get the least amount of money to shrink the Pentagon's slice of the federal budget pie....

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    http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/dot...r-defense-cuts


    As the article states OVERWHELMING numbers of Americans both Democrat and Republican favor reducing military spending. Will the Democrats step up to the plate and take the lead on this issue which has broad bipartisan support from all corners of America? If not WHY?

    The article in question just sounds a tad TOO much like what a Libtard would want to hear...
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    Budget cuts mean defense, too. But if they asked specific questions about what should be cut from the defense budget, there'd be different answers.


    Most people, except for the total left fringe, do not support wage cuts to active military service members, for example.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post
    Budget cuts mean defense, too. But if they asked specific questions about what should be cut from the defense budget, there'd be different answers.


    Most people, except for the total left fringe, do not support wage cuts to active military service members, for example.
    Calling for budget cuts is easy. The hard part is what to cut.

    It is the same for the ubiquitous "closing loopholes." Easy to support until you find out what a loophole is and which ones are the biggest.
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    "...The survey was conducted by the Stimson Center, Center for Public Integrity and Program for Public Consultation..."

    The Stimsom Center consists of such luminaries as Barry Blechman, Zoe Baird, Thomas Pickering, Caitlyn Antrim, etc.

    The Washington Post has this glowing bit on Blechman:

    As Obama's campaign against nuclear weapons heats up, he's going to need to rely on people like Blechman. Blechman co-founded the Henry L. Stimson Center, a nonpartisan think tank that focuses on national and international security issues. He also launched DFI International Inc., a research and consulting company in 2002.

    In both of those positions, Blechamn's passion is national security and nuclear nonproliferation. He has advised government officials on defense poliy as a consultant to the State and Defense departments and at the Office of Management and Budget. He has also served on the Defense Policy Board and Department of State Advisory Committee on Transformational Diplomacy..."


    Zoe Baird is a prototype Berkley Poli-Sci degree holding leftist whose ship constantly steers hard to port.

    Thomas Pickering is a career diplomat with a distinguished record but he appears (IMHO)
    to not be very supportive of Israel.

    Caitlyn Antrim is one of the dummies "negotiating" (read giving away the store) on America's behalf in The Law Of The Sea Convention.


    The Center for Public Integrity is a "progressive" think tank. Nuff said.

    Ditto for The Program for Public Consultation.

    On their Board of Directors sits one Gloria Duffy. Duffy is the author or editor of a number of books and articles, including Blacker and Duffy, International Arms Control Issues and Agreements, Stanford University Press, 1984 and Duffy, et al. Compliance and the Future of Arms Control, Ballinger, 1988. She writes a column, InSight, for The Commonwealth magazine, as well as op-ed pieces for the Huffington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle and other publications.


    If you sensed a liberal slant to the "survey", you get the gold star!
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    Not only what Jim said, I looked to see what the sample of dem, repub and indep was and nowhere did they reveal that information. Surveys like this are usually oversampled with the group that helps the sampler to support the desired outcome.
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    DIM favorites are ALWAYS off the table for cuts. Those useless programs that support generational laziness are untouchable.
    GOP favorites like military are ALWAYS on the cutting table. Protecting this country is secondary to funding the lifestyle of the lazy.
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    USN&WR used to be a real news resource, anymore they are really pretty much like Newsweek, a dying hull of a once-great publication that has gone all-in for the Libs, so the source is highly suspect. Also, bearing out what Gina said, notice carefully the choice of words - 'Districts leaning both Democrat and Republican,' not 'Both Democrat and Republican voters.' And that's not even going into what questions were actually asked or how they were framed and sequenced.

    Are there programs that could be cut in DOD without seriously hurting national defense? Sure. Deciding where the axe would fall gets into a morass of parochial district-by-district and special group interests, though, quickly devolving into 'Who's going to volunteer first to jump in the freezing water and save everyone else in the overcrowded lifeboat?'
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