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  •  I sometimes think DoD uses troops as a hostage. (6+ / 0-)

    I spent 30 years in the Navy, the last six of which were in Washington, DC.  Believe me when I tell you there are PLENTY of places DoD can cut spending before going after service members.  The blatant inefficiency and waste is incredibly obvious.

    I think DoD knows exactly what it's doing.  In order to minimize budget cuts, Service Members and Veterans are one of their first bargaining chips because they know the public, the powerful Veterans' lobby, and members of Congress will be outraged. (Although, I don't think Congress truly gives a shit except the optics of cutting Veterans' benefits are horrendous.)  So Congress backs down on slashing the DoD budget to save the Vets and DoD remains as bloated as ever.

    "Don't cut my budget or the Veteran gets it!!!"

    Just a theory.

    "I never meant to say that the conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally conservative." - John Stuart Mill

    by Kevinole on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 02:29:28 PM PST

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