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Let's face it, both Dems and R's have their reasons for not materially impacting the humongous defense budget. Great story BTW.

Most of the reasons are called Lobbyists. The military industrial complex is so consolidated now, and so powerful, the excesses are now seen by fiscally responsible people as Job Creation devices.

Where infrastructure, spending on the poor, and treating our veterans is seen as inflated pork, the defense budget itself is seen as a model for re-election.

There are really only three areas to cut expenses. Two of those three, neither party wants to go first.
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