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OK, Mister Boehner, let's really cut the budget

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But what good is holding power if you don't use it?

With the thorough viciousness of enemies like Mitch McConnell, who clearly says his goal is the political demise of Barack Obama, compromise doesn't work. It's seen as weakness and, like the pathetic bleating sounds given off by a wounded sheep, only instills the wolf with greater viciousness.

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McConnell actually put it well when he said it's time for Obama to give in to the Republicans or it's time for him to "double down." Faced with McConnell's cocky and arrogant attitude, double-down-and-fight seems the only viable alternative.

One place Democrats could start fighting -- if they can find the backbone -- is to call out the new Republican Speaker Of The House John Boehner over his desire to trim the deficit with draconian cuts in the federal budget. The word he used was "discretionary" funding. The largest discretionary line in the budget is the Pentagon.

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This is a major pissing contest just waiting for somebody to begin the challenge. And the perfect place to start is for somebody to piss on Boehner's shoes.

The Pentagon budget is the largest elephant in the room that no one except the antiwar left will talk about. There is no good reason for this, since the crisis represented by the bloated Pentagon budget goes far beyond the anti-war movement, reaching into the lives of every working American. Sure, it will mean a fight, but fighting is good at this juncture much better than laying down.

The post-9/11 terror that shook America and to this day drives our out-of-control military expenditures has led to a false sense of security. As we reinforce and bolster the fortress meant to protect us, we neglect the strengths of character and the needed investments in the educational and economic engine that could save us.

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While we indulge our fears and spend more and more of our tax resources on war and military violence, the rest of the world is girding their economic loins to roll over us. Consider China, India and Brazil.

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I'm a 68-year-old American who served in Vietnam as a naive 19-year-old kid. From that moment on, I've been studying and re-thinking what US counter-insurgency war means. I live outside of Philadelphia, where I'm a writer, photographer and (more...)

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