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To Shift Funds From 'Endless War' to 'Human Needs,' Sanders Unveils Amendment to Slash Pentagon Budget by $74 Billion

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/06/26/shift-funds-endless-war-human-needs-sanders-unveils-amendment-slash-pentagon-budget

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Well hello Bernie. I was wondering what you are doing these days. Keep slashing at that War budget, there’s plenty more to be had in that pot, plenty more to help the people.

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I wonder what the gas bill for the Pentagram is. It is probably difficult to discern given that much fuel is probably outright stolen. Lessened “defense” of our nation and more reinvestment into it are surely in order. Right on Bernie! You know the Republicans won’t support it, but this message needs to get out to the general public. Perhaps the youth can be enlightened and then enraged that their futures have been mortgaged for desert sands that just blow around, refusing to be fused into place with the blood of the innocent civilians spilt into them.

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wow a whole 10% aren’t you the bold one. 80% would be more than justified.

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"The longest journey begins with a single step"!

While this proposed 10% cut may seem small to some, the reality is the public must be educated and the propaganda lies proven false - any who think the needed massive cuts and revealing hidden spending will be accomplished at once are dreaming…

The war-machine and PTB must be shifted and the only way to accomplish that goal is to begin with a proposal that actually has a chance to get to the finish-line. No great effort is won at once.

Trashing Bernie for his timidity or whatever, accomplishes nothing but empower the war-mongers and pentagon career brass jobs program, to continue their obscene waste of revenue that must be returned to civilian needs and priorities!
The public has been brainwashed for decades to always support and laud the fraud of the Military Industrial Congressional Complex - the War Machine and its profiteers - they must be defunded and downsized and the public led out of the forest of lies and fear back to wisdom and societies needs.

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And yet, Rep. Barbara Lee (Ca) had the wherewithal to propose - as an opening ‘single step’ - a 50% cut. The case can be easily (trivially, in fact) made as Lee did. Sen. Sanders (who I very actively supported) reveals much by doing an “Obomber” gambit by opening negotiation with his pre-uber-compromised position. It’s disappointing. As far as what could possibly pass the Senate? You know as well as I that nothing short of a MIC budget rise would pass the Senate led by McTurtle.

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I respect Rep Lee for her activism, moral compass, and integrity, and her 50% proposal is no exception; I supported and commented on her proposal on CD.
We need cuts of 50% and beyond, but the power of the military and the worship of militarism by the brainwashed public, Congressional lackeys, and most politicians needs getting around. I absolutely support Lee’s proposal and we will see if we get any traction and public support pressuring politicians and the elected war-whores. Peace.

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We should just let the pentagon use the trillions of dollars they cannot account for, when 100% is accounted for, accounting legally required for many years now. Once they can tell us exactly where every cent has gone for the last 10 years, then we can consider providing them a budget, and not a minute sooner.

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True but THIS pot is different than other pots.
It would take a National catastrophe exponentially larger and and more abrupt than C-19 to shock anyone in WDC into considering a 50% cut/redistribution in the War budget even though a 50% redistribution in the rational thing to do. America’s time of Empire is over.
Even though I hate “Triangulated Pragmatic Incrementalism” In this ‘Pot’ I think a 10% redistribution is a good beginning, a good place to start.

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There’s plenty of money for every damn program.
We have a Federal Reserve that prints money all the time.
We pay 0% on what our government borrows.
We’re in the midst of running up a $3.3 trillion deficit just this year.
Compared to that, this $74 billion is peanuts.

Meanwhile, Bernie is too much the company man to tell this simple truth: deficits don’t matter.
We’ve rung up well over $20 trillion in national debt, where’s the predicted inflation?
Japan’s national debt is many multiples of ours as a percentage of GDP – where’s the inflation?
But PayGo Pelosi, with Bernie in tow, will still spout about fiscal responsibility, which is horseshit.
She’ll compare the federal budget to your household budget, an even bigger helping of horseshit.
Trump ran on balancing the budget, he’s overseen all-time record deficits.
And the only thing McConnell will talk about, with Pelosi’s blessing, is what safety net program to cut.

C’mom, Bernie, grow a pair: Level with the public about MMT.

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Geezzz…as a retired Canadian Socialist , I have followed and read what Bernie Sanders policies were and I think they were not only doable but much needed. I wonder if the American people, had to do it all over again, would have voted for Mr. Sanders. He has some very good domestic and foreign policies.
Mr. Blair M. Phillips
Canada
Retired

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The only way that would ever happen is if the Frankenstein, Monster is some how destroyed.

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Is there any reason we can’t all still vote for Bernie?

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So he wants to roll it back to the FY2018 level, which was a record high budget. Good, but this is not “slashing” military spending.

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70 billion? Really? Is this just dipping the toe in the water followed by a retreat because things will get too hot if anyone dares slash Military spending leading to the USA being conquered by Russia and having to learn to speak Chinese?

The increase in spending over last year was some 25 billion. This is the base budget requirements and does not include a multitude of other costs not factored into that “Pentagon budget” of 740 billion that is cited. Contingency operations , things like “enduring bases” , the upgrade to Nuclear weapons , “direct war requirements” and the like are not included in that 740 billion base budget spending. As has been noted many times when these other costs all layered in the total costs are well over 1.2 trillion.

A 70 billion dollar cut is meaningless.

If one looks at which Countries most vulnerable to attack due to geography and the nations that are on their borders , Russia and China can justify higher Military spending then the USA yet if the USA cut spending by 90 percent , they would still be spending more in total than either Russia or China.

This does not include all of the spending by nominal US allies like the Saudis, The NATO member nations and Japan.

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Anyone ever surf the internet for military new equipment. That is the first line of spending to go after, including all service branches.
Then there is lax waste created by entitlement.
We got, we will over use it .

Why do you think he has Stephanie Kelton, Pavlina R. Tcherneva, et al., as economic advisors? I agree that people should understand MMT, and I agree (up to a certain point) deficits don’t matter as we are led to believe, but whether Bernie comes out and directly endorses “MMT” doesn’t matter as much as his policy proposals. He has Kelton and others to explain the details of MMT; MMT is hard for many to wrap their heads around and would have resulted in another time-wasting, twisted attack by the MSM for him (at least during a campaign) to get bogged down in. People don’t take the time to understand and learn what most candidates’ policies are, or even take the time to go vote, let alone attempt to understand economic theory.

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Actually, there are budget analysts within both the DoD and the Alphabets, who say publicly ( just not covered by MSM (hint, hint) ) that CONSISTENCY in appropriations is a much wiser long-term strategy than this new ( post 2001 ) practice of throwing money into the winds of political profligacy. Thus, in 2016-2017, these analysts recommended a budget 10% smaller than the pork-laden one that subsequently passed.
This is another classic example of the Congressional Liars Club we have currently; willfully appropriating waste, fraud and ( taxpayer ) abuse. At the expense of human beings, in the U. S. and around the planet, who live miserably and die needlessly. It is a form of negligent homicide ( imo ).
But, until the UniParty Consensus is chopped in two ( or more pieces ) with a blunt axe, this political malfeasance with obvious prejudices, will continue.
Just elaboratin’.

The campaign is over now.
But we’re still pretending deficits matter, 40 years after Reagan tripled the national debt in one term.

Bernie’s an old man. Why is he still pretending along with so many others?
I learned the hard way that it’s because he’s spineless.

I’m sure you won’t be surprised, but, I think, though Bernie may not be perfect, he is far from spineless. Because of Bernie’s campaign, Kelton and others now have a platform, or at least a much wider platform, to make people aware of the real situation regarding deficits. More and more people are becoming aware of MMT, the lies about deficits, and the fact that we can fund the things the public wants, needs, and deserves.