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Old 10-10-2012, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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That's kind of my point. When people talk about cutting, they are talking about cutting stuff they don't identify with, and keeping stuff that they like. So let's cut the $2B that goes to Egypt, but keep the $3B that goes to Isarel. The *only* politician who consistently put it all on the table was Ron Paul.
Sorry, Rick Perry said all countries in his administration would start with ZERO and have to justify why they deserve American money.

Perry: My foreign aid budget starts at zero - Political Hotsheet - CBS News
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Old 10-10-2012, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Sorry, Rick Perry said all countries in his administration would start with ZERO and have to justify why they deserve American money.

Perry: My foreign aid budget starts at zero - Political Hotsheet - CBS News
I like that policy. Wipe the slate clean and start all over again.
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:01 PM
 
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Republicans aren't asking to cut PBS budget because its too much money, but because they believe the programs are furthering the left political agenda. In their mind, a public station supported by the government is supposed to present neutral views, when in reality they aren't.
Foreign aid belongs to a different category and is unrelated to PBS.
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:12 PM
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No we should not cut funding for PBS. The mantra about borrowing money from China to pay for PBS is nonsense. It was just a political one-liner that Mitt Romney thought would make a good sound bite. The man is full of sound bites. I would like to know what he really stands for since first he said he was a 'severe conservative' and then in the debate he was sounding like a moderate. Now he's sounding almost liberal. What will he really do when he gets into office? It doesn't sound like he stands for anything. Like Joe Scarborough said, it sounds like he's just an opportunist.

Also, back to using our tax dollars to support Americans... We should increase taxes for the 1% before we take anything away from the middle class. We also should not get rid of the mortgage deduction--which would hurt a lot of middle class homeowners--just so that a few extremely rich people can get another tax cut. Most people in the 1% are not really Americans. They're globalists. That's why they're just fine with out-sourcing, lots of off-shore accounts, etc.
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Limbo
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Foreign aid isn't just free money we are giving away. Usually, it is spent to pursue America's interests in the long-term.

For example: Give the enemy guns so we have someone to fight against.

Since wars are are for making money, it stands to reason foreign aid is good.
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:33 PM
 
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No we should not cut funding for PBS. The mantra about borrowing money from China to pay for PBS is nonsense.
I am not republican but you didn't answer/explain the above statement and preferred instead to attack Romney (who is not the subject of this thread). Why do you think the government should continue subsidizing PBS?
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:34 PM
 
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So the big mantra these days is we shouldn't borrow money from China to pay for PBS and other "social programs". PBS gets something like $130M a year. So wouldn't it stand to reason that cutting something like foreign aid which totals in the billions be on the chopping block too? I mean why stop and pick up a dime when you can pick up a $10 bill...Just makes sense, or doesn't it?
Yeah, if we get nothing for the foreign aid in some places in return, then you have to consider not funding various things.
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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Everything spent on PBS would only pay for a couple of hours of the defense budget.

When Willie Sutton was asked why he robbed banks, he replied "That's where the money is". I like his thinking.

If we chop 40% off of the Pentagon's budget and shut down the DEA (which just passed the trillion dollar mark with no results), we can not only afford PBS, we can afford to completely fund UHC and forgive all student loans. If we legalize marijuana and tax it, we can pay off the National Debt.
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Old 10-11-2012, 03:09 AM
 
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So the big mantra these days is we shouldn't borrow money from China to pay for PBS and other "social programs". PBS gets something like $130M a year. So wouldn't it stand to reason that cutting something like foreign aid which totals in the billions be on the chopping block too? I mean why stop and pick up a dime when you can pick up a $10 bill...Just makes sense, or doesn't it?

It does, ya dont borrow money to give it away. Plain and simple.
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Old 10-11-2012, 03:11 AM
 
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Everything spent on PBS would only pay for a couple of hours of the defense budget.

When Willie Sutton was asked why he robbed banks, he replied "That's where the money is". I like his thinking.

If we chop 40% off of the Pentagon's budget and shut down the DEA (which just passed the trillion dollar mark with no results), we can not only afford PBS, we can afford to completely fund UHC and forgive all student loans. If we legalize marijuana and tax it, we can pay off the National Debt.

Or option b.
Cut defense and DEA , do none of the rest and lower the debt.
Why is the answer always " spend it elsewhere"? why not cut the spending altogether?
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