GOP finally finds something it will fight Obama for, Too bad it’s more government spending

We have a massive military. We have bases around the world. We have by far and away the largest military in the world. And the main reason this is is not because of threats to “American interests” but because defense spending is how Republicans (and Democrats too) distribute tax money to their constituents. It’s an ugly truth, but it is the truth.

Yes the “defense” of the country is expressly enumerated in the Constitution. DEFENSE. Not empire. Empires are costly for the citizenry of a country,

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How the military and Hollywood partner up to forward narratives

Look, I’m a sucker for many of these films. Top Gun for instance is still one of my favorite movies ever. I grew up with F-14s screaming over my head and the whine of a Tomcat banking before landing is a memory which sits (pleasantly) deep in my grey matter. The Hunt for Red October? Another classic. Red Dawn? Just great. But even as a kid I kind of wondered about how it was that the military and the Hollywood studios worked together.

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No, Bernanke … Defense Spending Does NOT Help the Economy!

There was a time when good “liberals” in the United States railed against military spending. Granted it wasn’t because they wanted to reduce the size of government or to cut taxes, but because they wanted more money for social programs.

But that general disposition seems to have disappeared. Now, many big welfare state people are also big warfare state people. Military spending you see is a form of “stimulus.” Bombs, guns,whatever. Just get that money into the system.

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Google Is Restructuring Under a New Company Called Alphabet

So apparently there’s going to be “search” which will remain Google, and then everything else which will be under Alphabet. I like it. Get it? ALPHA – BET. And it’s probably a pretty good bet given Apple’s recent stumbles.

Google is one of the USA’s largest military contractors by the way. Or I guess Alpha-Bet soon will be. Whatever, they’ll be making these along with God only knows what else..(Boston Dynamics is owned by Google.)

And as the Daily Caller said last year,

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Politico: 2016 brawl breaks out on Senate floor (Rand versus Rubio, Cruz, and ahem, Graham(?))

Yeah, Senator Graham somehow inserted himself into this story.

This has been one weird day in the Senate and this is the 3rd post we’ve done today on Rand Paul and his military funding proposal.

Though we have said that we were not pleased with Rand Paul’s amendment, at least it called for cuts (if future cuts) to other spending. Rubio just wanted to spend money on defense whatever the cost to taxpayers and future generations.

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Rand Paul proposes increasing military spending by $76 billion, offset by other budget cuts of $212 billion

I am disappointed to see this, but presidential politics are presidential politics. Overall what he is proposing is a large overall net decrease in expenditures which is excellent. His amendment reduces the size of government which is the point. Still, I hate to see more bloat at the Pentagon.

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We “lost” $500 million worth of weapons in Yemen, now likely in enemy hands

To bad the country is so torn by war. It looks beautiful.

No big deal. What could terrorists possibly do with $500 million in US weapons?

I’ve noticed a pattern and it goes like this:

We engage in some desert state chock full of terrorists and soon to be terrorists. We engage militarily via different means. Sometimes we invade. Sometimes we arm the local “government” army. Sometimes we start droning bad guys from the sky. Usually it’s a combination.

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The GOP is fighting over more military spending, What one Republican president had to say about such spending (Video)

Some within the GOP will always want more military spending. Whether in peace or during times of war their bias is always toward MORE. This disposition is not good for the Republic as President Eisenhower in his farewell speech explained.

Remember, this guy led our forces in World War II as a five star general, was a Republican president, and has an aircraft carrier named for him.

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How about the Pentagon cleans up its massive fraud and waste before asking taxpayers for billions more

For far too long conservatives have given the military the equivalent of a blank check. Through the Cold War and in the years since the budget has ballooned. It takes a huge piece of the federal pie and it is filled with waste and flat out fraud. The Pentagon wastes BILLIONS in taxpayer dollars.

Some of the “fraud” is entirely legal. Overpayments for this, a sweetheart contract for that. Perhaps a deal for a weapons system which makes no sense but is a government works program for some congressperson’s (often a Republican) district.

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Rationalizing Lunacy: The Intellectual as Servant of the State

A few weeks ago we wrote about the “mandarin class” which populates official and think tank Washington DC. We argued that many of the people making important policy decisions are dangerously out of touch with the real “blood” of America, the grit, the nuts and bolts. Many of this group of folks come from the same northeastern schools and have similar political dispositions (which is to say establishment liberal). This wonky concentration has only increased over the years.

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Who created ISIS? American “friends and allies.” Gen Wesley Clark says it’s like “Frankenstein.” (Video)

These “friends and allies” supported (support?) ISIS because they are a Suni counter to Hezbollah, the Shiite army controlled by Iran.

So now we have to go in and spill American blood because the nutbar brush fire got out of hand? (And by extension help Iran and Hezbollah?) We’ve spilled enough blood for very questionable reasons in the Middle East.

By the way, if you want to read an absolutely fantastic article on the radical Islamic group Clark says our “friends”

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