West: Hagel a ‘Traitor’ For Suggesting Budget Cuts


The Obama administration is proposing budget cuts that aren’t really cuts at all and wingnut Allen West is losing his mind about it, even calling Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel a “turncoat” and a “traitor” for the “unconscionable” cuts that will “weaken America.”

Irony alert: These “cuts” keep American defense spending higher than it was under the Budget Control Act of 2011, the infamous sequestration deal, which passed with overwhelming Republicans support — including the vote of one Rep. Allen West.

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  1. dogmeat says

    Who says we defeated the Soviets? Twenty years is but the blink of an eye. History may say that the Soviets and US destroyed one another.

  2. says

    These “cuts” keep American defense spending higher than it was under the Budget Control Act of 2011, the infamous sequestration deal, which passed with overwhelming Republicans support — including the vote of one Rep. Allen West.

    Exactly. Why is Obama gutting America’s Strong Defense and wasting Hard-Working American Taxpayer’s Money?

  3. had3 says

    Ask Allen if he supports a 25% tax increase across the board for more military funding? I would love to see which red meat issue he supports more.

  4. busterggi says

    Remember the good old days of 2007 when the Republican presidential candidates said the defense budget was just as cut-worthy as any other budget item?

    Looks like the Daily Show needs to do another before/after mash-up.

  5. DaveL says

    @4,

    What, you expect his budget prescriptions to be practicable or even internally consistent? Of course he wouldn’t raise taxes – he’d LOWER taxes, and claim it would result in increased tax revenue due to economic growth. Plus he’d pay for it by defunding ACORN, Planned Parenthood, and NPR. Oh, and by cutting foreign aid.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m trying to figure out how I can save enough on car insurance to purchase and operate my own private jet.

  6. says

    had3, Defense spending pays for itself. It’s the only Keynesian policy that both parties agree on. And, if it doesn’t, we can always save money elsewhere, by cutting entitlements*. And, with all the money we save by increasing spending and cutting spending, we can enact a fresh round of tax cuts that disproportionally effect those at the top, increasing revenues by cutting revenues.

     
    * Exempt Medicare and Social Security, although the GOP, conservative Dems and nominal Centrists (whose prefered policies always seem to be GOP policies for some reason) will insist that Obama tackle them anyway (“Entitlements are driving the debt!”) so that he can write our attack ads for us if he does try (“Obama stole $700B from Medicare!”) and attack him for not trying or for not doing enough (“Entitlements are driving the debt!”), or, as Romney did in one paragraph of the same speech, attack Obama for cutting Medicare and for not cutting entitlements.

  7. gopiballava says

    A friend of a friend on Facebook apparently believes that the horrific military budget cuts are a sign of the apocalypse. Especially the lower-than-inflation increase in service-member pay.

    Seems like a rather subtle message to me.

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