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  • Wednesday,
    Jan 5, 2011
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  • Defense spending should not be a sacred cow

    As applause rings in the ears of newly elected House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, it is necessary to sound a note that many on the GOP side are likely to greet with the enthusiasm they would offer to a skunk.

    House Republicans say they plan to keep their promise of returning spending to 2008 levels, and so far they have given us no reason to doubt them. By standing up against Democrats’ spending plans in the lame-duck session, they have already accomplished part of their goal. But their public commitment at this point extends exclusively to the very limited category of “nondefense discretionary spending,” which makes up only 15 percent of the federal budget.

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