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Can We Reduce Deficits by "Changing" the Defense Department?

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Sunday, 14 April 2013 07:38

It is understandable that politicians would use euphemisms when they talk about cutting Social Security. After all, it is an incredibly popular program among all demographic groups and across the political spectrum. Therefore it is not surprising they would refer to "changes" to Social Security when they mean cuts to Social Security. But what is the Post's excuse?

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Defense is also popular
written by Bill H, April 14, 2013 9:13
In some states it is as popular as Social Security. In San Diego, for instance, defense provides something like 20% of the jobs. The Post is going to avoid offending any cash cow.
Euphemism: Humpty Dumpty and SS Didn't Fall, They Just Tipped a Little
written by Last Mover, April 14, 2013 11:43
Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll:

"When I use a word, Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.
The question is, said Alice, whether you can make words mean so many different things.
The question is, said Humpty Dumpty, which is to be master — that's all."
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written by ljm, April 14, 2013 7:50
The Kansas City Star devoted most of the front section of the Sunday paper to one Kansas county and the impact money from the federal government has on the economy of everyone in the county. The point being that from Social Security, to Medicare payments, to food stamps, to agriculture payments, etc... without all these federal dollars flowing to that county through all these programs, this county would have no real economic life. In fact, the reporters found that most of the counties in the state of Kansas are "taker" counties and the county where I live and where there's much wealth generated, is a "donor" county. The point expands to the fact that the blue states are the "donor" states to the "taker" red states. Sadly, in Kansas, the likes of the Koch brothers through the Kansas government, makes sure citizens of Kansas don't ever find out that truth.
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written by Kat, April 15, 2013 6:51
ljm,
I really wish liberals would not so readily take up the idea of "donor" and "taker" states. The earliest iteration (but intrastate, not interstate) of this that I saw was in the context of NY-- NYC being the "donor" to the rest of the state. This is a joke to me when you consider that Wall Street is located in NYC. What about a metro area such as the DC, studded as it is with all the contractors that exist at the largesse of the public?
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written by fairleft, April 21, 2013 5:31
The Post is a politician.

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