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Mitt wants to keep attention on Libya, so OK, let’s do that.   So why isn’t this in an ad on every available media channel?

House GOP Cut Funding For Embassy Security:

‘You Have To Prioritize Things’


Basically, Republicans lose ground in any discussion where Democrats bring out the facts.  Take Libya and foreign policy.

The strategy is like all else for the GOP:  Throw a monkey wrench into the process and when things don’t go well, just blame the White House.

A few minor problems, though:   Logs are kept.  Records are filed.  Cameras roll.  This is why the GOP likes secrecy.

There are these inconvenient facts which they would like you to overlook.


Jason Chaffetz Admits House GOP Cut Funding For Embassy Security:

‘You Have To Prioritize Things’



So, move along.  This is not an  issue you  can exploit to win.


I tried to come up with another way to say it in few words, but it boils down to simple and blatant hypocrisy.    That is, claiming that spending is about jobs when Republicans want to do it, but wrong if Democrats do it.

Ben Armbruster at Thinkprogess had this to say: Republicans Abandon ‘Government Doesn’t Create Jobs’ Mantra In Fight To Preserve Military Spending
Defense industry-backed Republicans are so desperate to stave off the automatic military spending cuts that they’re trying to scare Americans about job losses and an ensuing nose-diving economy should the military spending cuts hold. Except there’s one problem.  “Republicans aren’t supposed to believe that government spending creates jobs. But in this last act of desperation, however, it seems that Republicans pushing to preserve America’s bloated military budget have come to a pretty significant epiphany.”

Now they play on fears and tell you that it’s about saving lives.    Then   other Mitt, on Omitting U.S. Troops From RNC Speech said: ‘You Talk About Things You Think Are Important’.   (in other words,  it’s devastating when I say it is, but not when I need it not to be).   It must be hard to keep track when you are all over the map on an issue.

CATO expert Chris Preble said … the industry is just “trying to save their profits.” There’s also no evidence that the military spending sequester will be “devastating” as some have argued and polls show that an overwhelming majority ofAmericans favor cutting DOD’s budget.  (But even after cuts  – voted for by Ryan and the republican Congress – military spending will still be above what it was in [    ]. )  But Republicans will most likely ignore these facts and fight to preserve the Pentagon’s needlessly bloated budget, all while abandoning a central tenet of their party’s ideology.

This is about campaign contributions. period.  Romney now rips Paul Ryan: Calls Running Mate’s Vote For Defense Cuts ‘A Big Mistake’.  Well now Ryan is back peddling as well –   “No, no — I have to correct you on this,..; I voted for the Budget Control Act.” Norah ODonnell: “The fact that Ryan may have wished that the bill didn’t contain said defense cuts does not absolve him of the fact that he and 201 other Republicans voted for the bill as-passed. Moreover, Ryan’s statement after voting for the bill contained not a single word of criticism about the defense cuts. Ryan said the bill “represents a victory for those committed to controlling government spending..”

This proves once and for all that the trickle down theory is false.  Corporations are supposed to be able to save the economy if they only had tax cuts.  Here, Joseph Brusuelas, senior economist at Bloomberg said, “$1.7 trillion in corporate cash is sitting on the sidelines.”  Why? “Businesses are not hiring because there is no clear sign that the economy will improve”.

So they actually have money to get moving now, but they aren’t going to let anything trickle down until there is a guarantee that they will win.  A profit is no longer enough. It has to come with zero risk – and, of all things, they WANT GOVERNMENT to make it happen.