National Defense

Mitt Romney's Pentagon Profligacy


Mitt Romney has given speeches posed in front of giant banners that say "Cut The Spending." He has a entire page devoted on his website devoted to spending cuts.

Yet when it comes to defense spending, Romney won't abide by any cuts. Quite the opposite. Not only has he promised to reverse military spending reductions enacted under President Obama, Romney has insisited that there should actually be a floor on defense spending—a requirement that the country spend a minimum of four percent of the country's entire economy output on defense.

Maybe he thought printing up engraved invitations to military contractors asking them to send in their proposals for defense pork was a little too obvious? 

Romney makes his position on defense spending sound like he'd merely be making up for what he calls Obama's "failure" on the defense budget by reversing the reductions that occured under the president's watch. In fact, Romney's military spending minimum would actually represent a substantial hike in defense spending over the next decade compared to either the White House's baseline or the slightly reduced path called for by the budget sequester that came out of last year's debt deal. 

The Cato Institute's Christopher Preble has put together a graph comparing the projected Pentagon budget under the three scenarios: the White House Office of Management and Budget's proposal, the sequester, and Romney's minimum. Here's how it looks:

Preble wonders where Romney will "get the money to fund his Pentagon spending binge." Good luck figuring that one out. As I noted earlier today, Romney has also promised to balance the budget through a variety of unspecified cuts and other vague gimmicks. Given that the rest of his policy platforms have all the clarity and believability of intentionally blurred Bigfoot photos, I suspect that straightforward answer to Preble's query will not be forthcoming. 

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  1. Why would the military requirements for a country be proportional to the size of the economy?

    1. That’s what I was wondering. I suppose that there are stupider ways to determine the size of the defense budget, but this is stupid enough for a presidential candidate I guess.

    2. Paranoia is proportional to Wealth?
      Or is US defense spending like my gun purchases? After the after the first two or three, they’re luxury items bought with surplus funds.

    3. It’s a little known fact that the US border expands by one foot for every million dollars of GDP.

      1. We’ve got this automatic investment plan with Canada where we buy their land. It’s like those reinvestment plans with dividends.

  2. Not only has he promised to reverse military spending reductions enacted under President Obama…

    Oh, is the military budget smaller now than it was in 2009? That’s news to me.

    1. Government math:

      If you expect an increase of X percent in your budget, but instead receive an increase of Y percent where Y is less than X, then your budget actually decreased by X – Y percent.

      1. I know that, and you know that, but I expect Suderman to be more careful with his wording.

    2. Reductions planned in the future. Its called a budget. A budget the wingnuts claim does not exist.

      1. Chuck Spinney laughs at your planned reductions.


  3. Fuck it, why stop at 4%. Let’s just bump it up to 60%, build the largest, most badass military force the world has ever seen and just take everything over.

    1. Then we can pay for the military with all the loot!

      1. Damn right. And we’ll get our nuclear weapons stockpile building again and nuke the ever-loving fuck out of anybody that thinks they can stand in our way.

        1. We’ll just annex the Russians’ nukes. Cheaper than making new ones. We’ll just have to use them for our second tier enemies.

          1. We should merge all of the nukes into one big-ass super nuke. Something so big that when it went off it would threaten to throw the Earth off its axis or even out of orbit. We can effectively hold the world hostage telling them to either do things our way or we’re blowing it.

            1. I like it, but I propose we have a second, secret backup meganuke. Just in case.

              1. Somewhere under Antarctica.

                1. We nuke the moon first, so that they know we are super-serious.

                2. In honor of something my father created a long time ago in one of our old school D&D games, I’m calling it “the recombinant meganuke”.

              2. First rule of military spending: Why build one when you can have two at twice the price?

                1. Why build one when you can have two at twicethrice the price?

            2. /insert Dr. Strangelove joke here

  4. Romney is saying this to get votes from people working for the defense industry.

    My friends who work in this field tell me stories of incredible waste. People have jobs doing things that have 0 use out in the private sector producing stuff demanded by consumers.

    They know that the industry is massively over-extended, but are afraid that the gravy train will be cut off.

    It’s yet another example of Mitt’s utterly unprincipled whoring for votes. While I don’t think Romney has a snowballs chance of getting elected president, if he were, we could get lucky and discover that this was an Obamaesque empty feel-good promise that he never intended to keep.

    1. I would say he has a better than snow balls chance. I would say it is more like 60 40. And yeah, none of these dreams are coming true.

  5. Fuck it, why stop at 4%. Let’s just bump it up to 60%, build the largest, most badass military force the world has ever seen and just take everything over.

  6. how can the gop clown parade reduce defense spending when they’re calling for 2 moar wars?

    1. wars are offense, not defense.
      halftarded dumbass

      1. ahh, the dept of war was renamed defense following ww2.

  7. Fuck it, why stop at 4%. Let’s just bump it up to 60%, build the largest, most badass military force the world has ever seen and just take everything over.

    1. Fuck you, server squirrels…

    2. Then we can pay for the military with all the loot!

    3. Um, I think they’re already sorta working on that.

  8. He probably still has an ipad2

  9. Libertarians and the Reason Commentariat want defense cuts.

    This proves that we’re GOP shills.

  10. Subject: Can we talk?

    Hello! I am bored tonight. I am nice girl that would like to chat with you. Email me at only, because I am writing not from my personal email.

    Will send some of my pictures

    1. If I wanted to date a Sasquatch, I would have gone and cruised the Arnold classic this weekend.



        1. Oh Steve, you’re such a tease.




    2. I can get a big bitch on my own!

  11. This just in!

    Winner of Holland’s Next Top Model is still hot!…..wsuit.html

    1. That’s insane. She’s hot, but there really isn’t any hips at all. That is a dumb modeling agency.

      1. if those are no hips, I would hate to think of what you consider hips.

        1. Ice loves Coco.

    2. There is this awful thing that a high school friend always said and twenty years later I can’t stop hearing his voice when seeing a girl with a shapely bottom:

      “Man, she’s got a nice pooper on her.”

      1. At least he didn’t say “turd-cutter”, I guess.

        1. Or “loaf pincher”.

          1. “Poop trumpet”

            1. “Foggy Bottom”

              1. “Brown Klaxon”

                1. “Downton Abbey”

                  1. “Last Call With Carson Daly”

                    1. As a quick aside from the joke string, a friend’s wife used to work for MTV. She said in the two years of working with Carson Daly, he was never sober on camera.

                    2. “Stink churn”

                    3. “Wrath of the Titans”

        2. He was from Pittsburgh. It was more the way he said it, and the constancy of his utterances that make it so memorable.

          1. Oh, so what he said was, “Mayn, sheze gawta nize pewper ahwner.” I understand your disgust now.

            1. Your transliterated patois is frightening accurate.

              1. Yinz mockery will not stand.

              2. One of my great joys is horrifying people who have never heard Pittsburghese.

      2. Thanks for sharing. So have they developed those memory erasing drugs yet because I have no idea how I am going to get that out of my mind.

        1. So have they developed those memory erasing drugs yet

          What, you’ve never tried beer?

        2. You want a little THC.

      3. heh, I had a friend who said the same thing, except he used the word “poop-chute”

      4. A college buddy of mine used to say “I’d eat a mile of her shit just to get to her ass”.

        Try getting THAT image out of your head.

        1. The same “pooper” fellow was also fond of this and the related “I’d eat the peanuts out of her shit.” What is wrong with people from Pittsburgh?

          1. I’ve heard the peanuts one a lot in Pittsburgh, come to think of it.

            As for your question, it’s the capital of Appalachia. Don’t ponder it too hard, lest you suffer the consequences in your brain.

            1. He would also express disappointment with “Well, that’s just like a fuck without a kiss.”

              He was a strange fellow. Went all the way to Japan to find a white girl to marry.

        2. I recall a punk song that went:

          I’d crawl through a mile of shit just to suck off the last guy that fucked her.

          1. my Navy buddy had one something along the lines of I’d crawl a mile over broken glass just to suck the dick of the dog who pissed on the garbage truck that took her used panties to the dump.

            or somesuch

    3. I don’t think the pictures show her with the increased hip size.

      1. It was supposedly only a 2cm increase.

        (I had to look up centimeter. Apparently it’s some silly way to say “inch” over there. Europe, you so crazy.)

        1. 2cm is almost an inch. A WHOLE INCH

          1. If you changed by a whole inch you’d think it was a pretty big deal.

          1. Heh heh. You said “unit.” Then you said “conversions.”

    4. Sure, she pretty hot but that’s what I would definitely call a jugger-not.

  12. Turns out MNG lives in Lithonia, GA:

    Police: Lithonia teen had sex with two dogs…..76406.html

    1. If the dogs didn’t mind, what’s the problem?

      1. What if those unwed dog mothers end up going for abortions? I guess you like abortions.

      2. For one they apparently weren’t his dogs.

        1. So what? If they gave consent why should anyone care?

          It’s not like he got them drunk first or anything.

      3. That how I see it too.

    2. That’s a felony?

      Also, pit bulls? That seems…risky.

    3. While checking the map to see where that was, I saw that there is a Hard Labor Creek State Park in Georgia. Huh. How about that.

    4. From Dear Prudence Monday

      Q. Saw relative: I recently lost my house after losing my job and being unable to keep up with the payments. A distant relative graciously let my teenage daughter and myself move in with them and work on their family farm. I sold a large share of my belongings and moved 1,000 miles to their place. My daughter was not happy about leaving her friends and starting a new school midyear. It’s been a difficult time for both of us, but I was grateful for the chance of a new beginning. Now for the problem; I saw their teenage son and his friend engaging in sex acts with the livestock. I’m mortified! I don’t know what to do. I don’t know if I should talk to his parents or not.

      1. This is now my place to live and my employment, but I can’t imagine staying here, whether I tell them or not. I don’t want my daughter around these boys, but I don’t have the means to move again or belongings to furnish it, not to mention how that would affect my daughter.

        1. What kind of sex acts

          1. Cuddling. That’s all teenage boys are after.

            1. Don’t forget the mutual validation.

              1. Soulful, lingering glances and phonecalls with sheep late into the night.

                1. They probably got to second base and then chickened out after that.

                  1. And boy were the roosters pissed.

                  2. Here’s a question: When two gay guys are making out, what’s second base? The male nipple doesn’t carry much of an erotic charge for most. Is it cupping the balls, or pants-on dry-humping? Is oral a “homerun,” preserving 5th base for anal (like in heterosexual parlance)?

                    1. Here’s a question: When two gay guys are making out, what’s second base?

                      You assume that the “base” terminology is relevant. It isn’t – a homerun is de rigeuer.

                    2. I think, in the absence of the front-butt, the rear-butt has to take the front-butt’s place at home plate. Then handjobs have to be second base, and blowjobs 3rd, I think.

                    3. For that matter, putting handjobs and blowjobs both on 3rd base in the hetero version has always seemed a bit sketchy to me. There’s at least a base’s worth of difference between the two.

                    4. See, I always thought fingerbanging was 3rd and a homerun was penile penetration. Which leaves out oral. It’s not a ground rule double, that’s a welcomed grope without making out.

                    5. That leaves out handjobs, too. In any case, we can agree that baseball needs to add two bases, at a minimum, to their sport.

                    6. Isn’t a handjob just batting practice?

                    7. I think Warty is right.

                    8. From what my gay friends have told me they generally skip the making out and go straight for sucking dick.

                      Q: What do two gay guys do on their second date?

                      A: What second date?

                    9. And…
                      Q:What do two lesbians bring to their first date?
                      A: A toothbrush.
                      Q: Second date?
                      A: A U-Haul.

                    10. A: What second date?

                      My impression from the few gay guys I know is that they’re not the least interested in marriage. But then one has admitted that he’s not really even gay he just can’t stand going through all the foreplay just so he can get off.

                      On the other hand the few lesbians I know seem to be more into starting committed relationships.

                      Strictly a FWIW comment, given the small sample size.

                    11. I suppose that should actually say “all the foreplay that women need“.

        2. Wouldn’t she rather have her daughter around boys getting some nice tail than ones who might be a bit more desperate for female companionship?

        3. didn’t you post this the other day?

    5. “Archer was reportedly working for the dogs’ owner, who had hired him to clean the kennel to pay off a debt.”

      Talk about getting screwed over for your loan.

      1. “Oh, this is just classic Mother!”

  13. Well if those dogs give birth to a dog/human Hybrid (assuming the dogs were female) it will be one hard labor for the bitches.

  14. Speaking of dog-raping…


    1. Grr. If you don’t allowing hot-linking, why does it let me do it in the first place?

    2. What is this horror of Photoshop before me???

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