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Dick Cheney says screw highways and food stamps, defense spending is all that matters

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Boy, Dick Cheney really is determined to caricature himself:
"During an event sponsored by Politico, Cheney said the next president needs to 'turn around the whole trend' of cutting defense dollars.

"'That ought to be our top priority for spending. Not food stamps, not highways or anything else,' Cheney said. 'Your No. 1 responsibility as president is to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. [Obama] is the commander-in-chief and he's absolutely devastating the United States military today.'"

Since when are increasing the defense budget and supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States synonymous? I guess if that's Cheney's understanding of the Constitution, it might explain a thing or two.

But, aside from the moral bankruptcy of his dismissal of feeding the hungry, let's talk logistics. Let's say you cease funding highways in order to buy more bombers and tanks. Do you then have to use the tanks' capacity for driving across rough ground to take them off-road from the factory to the military base? Do military recruits prove their mettle by hiking to boot camp?

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For that matter, let's get back to the food stamps for a second. Military food stamp use rose in 2013, and that doesn't even take into account all the veterans on food stamps. Except as we've had ample opportunity to observe, Dick Cheney doesn't give a single damn about the people who make up the American military. He just wants giant pallets of cash for defense contractors and an American political culture geared toward war rather than the economic strength of the nation and its people.

And, for the record, Mr. Cheney -- American defense spending is still huge. Though maybe not quite as huge as your ego, your arrogance, your monumental callousness.

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What needs to be done and done very soon is to hav... by michael payne on Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 6:37:05 PM
I can think of one place even better yet. ... by Hosea McAdoo on Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 8:39:47 PM
I agree with Cheney to a point. What good are food... by Bill Johnson on Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 10:24:47 PM
You do have a point Bill, but would we need spend ... by Dennis Kaiser on Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 7:46:00 AM
Wars of aggression are not defending this country.... by Bill Johnson on Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 7:52:59 AM
Who cares what this piece of sh*t thinks. Hasn't ... by Dennis Kaiser on Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 7:36:47 AM
Come on now, this is not very American of you. All... by Bill Johnson on Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 7:55:32 AM
All have the right to speak, but only a few seem t... by Dennis Kaiser on Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 9:20:18 AM
It is absolutely incomprehensible how this patheti... by michael payne on Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 4:03:03 PM
Anybody who agrees with Cheney - even to a point i... by Suzana Megles on Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 9:20:41 AM
Cheneys comment is disgusting and true about how m... by kappie on Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 9:39:17 AM
Spoken like a true unthinkinbg republican-libertar... by kappie on Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 9:49:15 AM
Defense spending is welfare for uber rich no bid w... by Textynn N on Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 3:59:25 PM
Question for liberals...If the military was not ar... by Bill Johnson on Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 5:01:54 PM
The military is simply a means to an end. It is no... by Archie on Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 6:59:42 PM
I hear you. I know it is not a perfect world, and ... by Bill Johnson on Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 7:26:31 PM
Back in the 1930s Germany had what the world thoug... by Dennis Kaiser on Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 at 1:34:37 PM
Growing up on a working family farm - yeah, back i... by mrk * on Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 5:36:49 PM