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Stimulus

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Although Republicans generally follow the thought-process that “stimulus”, or Keynesian pump-priming is a horror matched only by, e.g., Pol Pot’s forced agriculturalization of mid-70s Cambodian society, they seem to change their tune when the economic stimulant is related to military spending. Talk about cutting back on, say, the Niagara Falls Air National Guard Base and all hell breaks loose, regardless on whether it’s really needed. It’s all about the jobs at the base, and the ancillary jobs it creates; in other words, its economic stimulus effect whereby government spending creates economic demand. 

It’s so bad that when the Pentagon promotes its spending priorities for the next federal budget, Medicare-killing wunderkind Paul Ryan calls the generals liars. It’s good to see that Republicans are just as supportive of government stimulus as Democrats, would that they would be honest about it and instead of scoring political points against our Indo-Kenyan Muslim usurper “President”, that they would put country first. 


  • Jesse Griffis

    So you and your team are supporting the economic benefits of the military-industrial complex? Democrats don’t suggest we should reduce military spending? Good to know it’s only the right wing with the case of cognitive dissonance.

    • 1. Who/what is “my team”? 

      2. I believe that military spending should be reduced. 

      3. I am pointing out the rank hypocrisy of the right wing, which decries government stimulus whilst simultaneously supporting it. 

      • 01202013

         Is who/what is “my team” a rhetorical question? Your team is hypocritical left wingers that do contorted comparisons of Obama with Reagan and think that everyone is going to say what a genius you are.

  • Jim_Holstun

    Yes, it’s vital to get out of the idea that Republicans are always anti-spending and Democrats the only ones who support it. Of course, both Republicans and Democrats have made sure that the eagerly awaited “peace dividend” never arrived, or when it did, was handily funneled into the pockets of defense contractors protecting us from Islamoboogiemen.

    But military spending isn’t the only hypocrisy: look at the local CEOs, contractors, lawyers, and other ruling-class denizens constantly squealing about the damn gubmint and Albany profligacy, but doing so while their little piggy lips are clamped tight to the government tit when it comes to development money that might come to WNY. The Buffalo-Niagara Partnership webpage is a case study in the hypocrisies of class warfare, 2012-style: squeal, squeal, squeal about any public money that might actually benefit the public, but grunt  and swallow any public money that benefits the local rich, and elbow out of the way the ruling-class piglets from elsewhere.

  • EricbP

    If we were to lose the Niagara Falls Base, who will protect us from the Canadiens?