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  •  Two points. (1+ / 0-)
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    First - you had to combine SS and Medicare to get a number bigger than defense.

    Second - the actual claim was that we spent more on defense than the rest of the world combined.  I don't know if that is true or not, but that was the actual statement made.

    •  My point is that (1+ / 0-)
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      defense is less than a quarter of the budget.  So, if you reduced the federal government to only those things the right wingers or libertarians thought the federal government should be doing (like defense and infrastructure), then yes, we'd all pay a lot less in taxes.  

      •  TBU .... (1+ / 0-)
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        be the change you seek

        A phrase I learned from reading "Switch" - a book about successful change initiatives.

        TBU = True But Useless

        In this case, yes - you are right, but the odds of any elected federal government eliminating Social Security, Medicare, and refusing to pay interest is so unlikely that the conclusion is "True But Useless."  Except as it might help us understand how bizarre their thinking really is.

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