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Hypercritical politics deliver nowhere politicians

Three billion may be a drop in the bucket to the Pentagon, but consider what it could do at just one domestic agency--say, the National Park Service, now scrimping away.

Where, oh where, are those Republican deficit hawks? Phil Gramm, speak to me! Where are those famous slashers, cutters, and trimmers?

Of course, our bloated defense budget exists for the oldest reason in the book: oink, oink.

Pork.
Pork is getting such a bad name that even corporate welfare has made it onto some hit lists. But pork for defense still wears the cunning guise of patriotism.

Politicians don't want to take the political heat for cutting it. Yet Congressional Budget Office studies show that reinvesting defense spending in the economy will generate more jobs than are eliminated.

Piffle is piffle. Stop this idiocy.

Molly Ivins is a columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Copyright 1994 Creators Syndicate, Inc.

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