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Just a few short years ago in the year 2000, the last full fiscal year of the Clinton administration, this country was running a surplus of $236 billion. John Spratt#Administration 70
John Spratt#Administration 70
We can have tax cuts, but when we have tax cuts and do not have a surplus, the amount of the tax cut goes straight to the bottom line, adds to the deficit, and the deficit adds to the national debt, and sooner or later, the debt has to be paid. John Spratt#Adds 68
John Spratt#Adds 68
As costs mount, in lives and dollars, it is natural to second guess, but one lesson I hope we have learned is that the U.S. cannot go it alone in a policy that leaves American troops taking all the risk and American taxpayers paying all of the costs. John Spratt#Alone 66
John Spratt#Alone 66
I am not disputing the need for this money. What I am disputing and calling attention to is the fact that we are taking the tab for defense in our time against terrorists in the Middle East and elsewhere and shoving this tab off onto our children. John Spratt#Against 65
John Spratt#Against 65
And it raises a fundamental question: How long can we move the world in one direction while we move in another direction, and do we want to backslide into an era that we finally emerged from where we had a nuclear weapon for every tactical mission? John Spratt#Another 52
John Spratt#Another 52
Democrats and Republicans alike support our military personnel. John Spratt#Alike 47
John Spratt#Alike 47
Domestic discretionary spending on education and health care and the environment has been growing at 2 to 3 percent a year. He says we have to rein it in, but he ignores the spending category that is the big spike in the budget. John Spratt#Education 36
John Spratt#Education 36
Without the Guard and Reserve, our active duty troops could hardly deploy. John Spratt#Active 33
John Spratt#Active 33
This war so far has cost us $125 billion and counting, because largely we decided to do it on our own, with only the United Kingdom as a paying, fully participating partner. John Spratt#Billion 28
John Spratt#Billion 28
Since the Pentagon underestimated the number of troops required after the end of hostilities, we were not prepared to prevent looting or to guard hundreds of weapons dumps spread throughout the country. John Spratt#Country 24
John Spratt#Country 24
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