Pics What conservatives want (don't want).

Casper

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Alright I lied. There are no pics in this thread. Still a worthwhile read about where people calling themselves fiscal conservatives are doing it wrong.

http://www.marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2011/02/what-conservatives-want.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+marginalrevolution/hCQh+(Marginal+Revolution)


There is more in the referenced links.

One might think that the desire for across the board spending cuts is picking up the fiscal conservatism, but the follow-up questions don't show a great desire to limit Social Security or Medicare. Only one third of the recipients favor both raising the retirement age for benefits and also means-testing. People just plain like their entitlements.
 

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I'm just wondering when the realization will hit that the first best way to really get back on track is cutting the living fuck out of military spending.
 

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I'm just wondering when the realization will hit that the first best way to really get back on track is cutting the living fuck out of military spending.
I'm legitimately curious why everyone suggests this as some miracle cure.
 

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Interestingly there are people who assert that if we ganked Medicare, Social Security would probably fix itself, as average life expectancy would drop dramatically.
 

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No tax breaks for the ultra rich. All of us have to pay our fair share of the taxes. Stop policing the world and pull back our military presence. Let the UN do the grunt work of fighting evil. The money you save from not fighting multiple wars at the same time put back into the education system. Get realistic about the war on drugs. Let the minor infractions go and focus on the larger fish. Just doing that would save a fortune.
 

Duke

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I'm legitimately curious why everyone suggests this as some miracle cure.
Most wasteful spending we have for such a giant part of the budget.

Add in all the ancillary costs, and we spent almost a trillion dollars on defense last year. Cut that by 50%, take 10% and put it into education, 10% into infrastructure improvements, another 10% into Alternative Energy, with the other 70% not being assigned and used for deficit reduction. You'll see less hatred for the US as we aren't getting our shit involved in their crap, and a better, more stable life back home by investing in some core needs for maintaining the american way of life.
 

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US military budget: $1.35 trillion in fiscal year 2010. and that's only what they're admitting to
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_budget_of_the_United_States
Dollar amounts are meaningless in this sense.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/ce/Fy2010_spending_by_category.jpg

Ah, Amstel posted something similar.

I think the war has given everyone this idea in their head that we're spending some massive percentage of our funds on defense when we really aren't.
 
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