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May 10, 2012 5:17 PM House Republicans Stand Up For More Pentagon Money Than It Wants

By Ed Kilgore

The House approved a measure today that would replace the planned $72 billion “sequester” of defense appropriations provided for in last year’s debt limit agreement with domestic spending cuts, and then go on to cut another $243 billion in domestic spending for good measure, with most of the cuts aiming either at eliminating signature Obama administration initiatives (the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the ObamaCare preventive health fund) or at reshaping safety net programs in the image of Paul Ryan’s budget (big food stamp cuts, restrictions in Medicaid funding and eligibility, elimination of the Social Services Block Grant).

Since the administration opposes any such measures, and it has nowhere to go in the Senate, this is basically a symbolic gesture to show how badly House Republicans want to cut safety net programs and how firmly they are committed to the proposition that the Pentagon needs more money than it’s asked for. Boehner and company are proud they only lost 16 Republicans on this vote. I think it’s more interesting that not a single Democrat supported it. The days when “more money for the Pentagon” was an irresistable siren song for a certain breed of Democrat seem to be gone.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • Mitt's Magic Underpants on May 10, 2012 6:10 PM:

    We aren't a Christian nation. We are a fellate the rich, phk the poor nation.

    Priorities, beeeatches. But who wants to bet the Dems fail to make this case?

  • Daniel Kim on May 10, 2012 6:26 PM:

    You know, there is a certain refreshing honesty to their action. While Republicans can talk all they want about being the party of high morals, etc., their votes really show through.

  • AndThenThere'sThat on May 10, 2012 7:47 PM:

    What would Jesus Do?

    Apparently he'd come to an agreement with someone, and then less than a year later back out of that deal. And I almost forgot, Jesus would do this to shower tribute onto the largest military complex in the world all while whipping out his god-sized pecker and pissing out a deluge on the weakest members of society.

    Republicans are some sick puppies.

  • Josef K on May 10, 2012 7:56 PM:

    Dear god. And what happens next? Another actual government shutdown?

    It was bad enough during the late 1990s, when the economy was at least semi-healthy. This time around, with 8% unemployment (officially anyway) and the Eurozone possibly collapsing?

    Does Congressman Ryan and the rest of the idiot caucus seriously think their constituents are going to sit still on this?

  • castanea on May 10, 2012 9:41 PM:

    "But who wants to bet the Dems fail to make this case?"

    That is one of the most tired old memes I have ever seen coming from apparent liberals/leftists--the argument that Democrats are to blame for their electoral shortcomings because they aren't better at "making their case."

    Face reality: No one who can read a newspaper or surf the Internet doesn't know where the parties stand on the issues. The truth is that a critical number of Americans are simply too stupid to vote for their own economic and social self interests.

  • concernedliberal on May 10, 2012 10:18 PM:

    republican/conservative sentiment is bitter and almost... vengeful toward "the others". while liberals are bitter and resentful towards financially successful (at least towards big banks and big corporations).

    we really do live in a different world view where Americans are "us vs them".

    "we worked hard so you people should do the same" emotional argument.
    but as for their own benefits cut or taxes, they seem to think "no, we earned this!
    dont let other losers/greedy people take away our money"

    can't we all realize that what's bad for some Americans are actually bad for all the rest of Americans?

    that's the most often made misconception that i see on both sides but by far on Republicans/ the old people.

    it's a tragedy when middle class republicans are harming fellow middle class democrats, ending up mutually damaged all the while the upper class get more and more powerful.
    (not that it's the upper class's fault. it's mainly because of globalization and technology and poor education and health care.)

    yes, many things have to be reformed/ downsized and some have to pay more than others.
    but we need to work with things and people we don't like because we need them. even big banks, corporations, even oil companies (well, until the world won't need them any more) and military.

    i think demcrats recognize that but far left liberals and tea partiers aka Republicans dont.