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  •  Wrong! Read Kevin Drum's column (0+ / 0-)

    He says,

    "...we're now in our third straight year of low growth rates for healthcare spending—and that's before any of Obamacare's cost containment measures have kicked in."

    Healthcare is expensive, but that is not directly correlated with the need to cut defense, which gets the lion's share of our federal budget anyway.

    Here's the link to Drum:

    The civil rights, gay rights and women's movements, designed to allow others to reach for power previously grasped only by white men, have made a real difference, and the outlines of 21st century America have emerged. -- Paul West of LA Times

    by LiberalLady on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 09:26:58 AM PST

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    •  A low growth rate is still growth. (0+ / 0-)

      Also, the healthcare reform act has brought millions more into the system. That's just a fact, and there is nothing wrong with that at all. And there is a correlation between defense and healthcare when it comes to the national debt. If you don't want big tax increases and you don't want to cut essential healthcare spending and you do want to restrain the growth in the national debt, then you do have to cut defense. That's what I took from the Brooks article. More than that, however, is that America and the world must now look forward to a time in which this country will have nowhere near the military capacity it has today, at least not the kind of capacity it has today, a pretty welcome eventuality in my book. But there is in fact an equation conditional upon the larger budgetary choices being made that is forcing the US to choose between guns and welfare. I think the President has chosen a team that's choosing welfare, something we can all agree is a good thing.

      For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

      by Anne Elk on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 09:41:07 AM PST

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