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December 06, 2007

Spending Money the Conservative Way
Posted by Ilan Goldenberg

I find it quite ironic that while conservatives are all about cutting spending at home, they now claim that one of the keys to good governance in Iraq is increased government spending.  (Even Mike O'Hanlon now thinks that this is an important benchmark).  I guess we shouldn't worry about things like this:

Jobless men pay $500 bribes to join the police. Families build houses illegally on government land, carwashes steal water from public pipes, and nearly everything the government buys or sells can now be found on the black market.

So basically.  Insuring poor and middle income children in the United States = government waste.  Stealing billions of dollars from the Iraqi government = progress in the "war on terror".

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US Army recruits aren't paying bribes--some new cannon fodder-ites will now receive $40K if they complete five years of service "defending freedom". So, since the US Army accepts foreign recruits, let's take Iraqi recruits for $500. Turn a loss into a gain. The 92,000 increase planned for the army and marines will cost $100b in initial costs and $15b a year--we could eliminate a large portion of these costs by accepting bribe-paying Iraqis. After we take all the available Iraqis it'll be time to invade another country and get some more. Never mind the peace dividend, we've found the war dividend, and with the proceeds we can give some kids health care. Of course it means killing some kids in other countries but hey, stuff happens.

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I am with farmer in Texas on this one. Iraq has had plenty of time to take responsibility for themselves and they militantly refuse to do so. If they want freedom, they need to step up and create it.Any continued involvement on our part should require a set of commitments with deadlines. If they are not met, then we pull out as the Iraqis have not held to their side of the bargain.

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