When the US spends $20.2 billion a year on a convenience for troops at military bases in the far flung corners of the world but Republicans cut $868 million or 13% of the entire program from food supplement programs from federal programs for American infants, children, and their low-income mothers, there’s a disconnect between the Serious People and 9 million Americans on government priorities.
And to speak the truth against this inevitable argument:
“And anyway, it’s not the war that’s broken Washington’s piggy bank,” he adds, noting that Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security account for far more spending than the $107 billion the Pentagon says it will spend in Afghanistan next year.
Wrong, the debt as projected out through 2019 is mostly due to the avoidable decisions of Republicans 2000-2006 to enact two rounds of ineffective tax cuts and the Wars. Most of the remaining debt was spent on recovery efforts of the deregulated financial sector collapse.