An Indefensible Budget Deal

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The war machine continues to crank. The number one way a certain breed of Republicans (and Democrats too) makes sure tax dollars go back to their constituents is via “defense” expenditures.

Defense is enumerated in the Constitution. What we have now is not defense. We have a massive defense industry works program. And many people who call themselves “conservatives” have absolutely no problem with this spending.

Lots of people feed off of the camouflaged teat.

(From US News)

If the deal makes it through the House of Representatives and is signed by the president, the Pentagon will get over $600 billion in fiscal year 2016, an increase of more than $30 billion from 2015. The bulk of the increase will come from lifting the caps on Pentagon spending that were established by the Budget Control Act of 2011, but billions more will come from bumping up the president’s already bloated request for the Pentagon’s favorite slush fund, known formally as the Overseas Contingency Operations account.

Why is the funding level set out for the Pentagon in the new budget deal too much? Let’s start with the slush fund. It will get over $58 billion, to, in theory, fund the wars against the Islamic State group and in Afghanistan. But the president’s request for the war on Islamic State group was just $5.3 billion for next year, or less than 10 percent of the war budget.

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