February 2, 2006

Bush to Request $439.3B Defense Budget

From the AP via Yahoo! News:

President Bush next week will request a $439.3 billion Defense Department budget for 2007, a nearly 5 percent increase over this year, according to senior Pentagon officials and documents obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.

The spending plan would include $84.2 billion for weapons programs, a nearly 8 percent increase, including billions of dollars for fighter jets, Navy ships, helicopters and unmanned aircraft. The total includes a substantial increase in weapons spending for the Army, which will get $16.8 billion in the 2007 budget, compared with $11 billion this year.

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He proposes budget cuts to help decrease the deficit, then turns right around and asks for $439 billion dollars to go to the war that we're supposedly "winning". The deficit is a result of the war, so he cuts programs that help poor people. I guess with less student loan money, more poor kids will be forced to either join the military or join a gang (some choice) just to make some sort of living.

The fact is, the deficit will not be reduced if we don't cut down on what is causing it: the freaking WAR.

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