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  •  Sequestration would lead to 500B decrease..... (2+ / 0-)
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    figbash, andontcallmeshirley

    ....in defense spending over 10 years.

    The "deal" that was proposed by some Dems about three weeks ago entailed a decline of just 100B over 10 years.

    Therefore, shouldn't Dems be quietly cheering for sequestration to take effect in March?

    Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project. www.hamiltonproject.org

    by PatriciaVa on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 12:28:01 PM PST

    •  Not if they want to get reelected . . . (0+ / 0-)

      There are hundreds of people on staff at the Pentagon whose sole job is to take spending plans for new (or more) weapons systems and divide them up between Congressional Districts, as many as possible.

      This is to spread the money and the jobs around Congress, so nobody over there will individually be inclined to vote down the full defense spending bill when it comes along. That would be very disappointing to the folks back home in their District. They wouldn't reelect someone who didn't bring home the jobs.

      Any individual Congresscritter can stand up and talk about Defense spending being too high or having too much pork in it. But the Pentagon has long since gone to a whole lot of trouble to put military money into every District in the nation.

      Congresscritter's don't shoot themselves in the foot when it comes to bringing home the bacon.

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