Thursday, July 22, 2010

Free Money

From Sen. Collins' eNewsletter:

U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced her support for a bipartisan proposal to limit federal discretionary spending for Fiscal Year 2011.


"I have joined my Republican supporting...[t]his bipartisan proposal...because it essentially freezes...discretionary spending at last year's levels.
Seven paragraphs later:
Collins...announced that the [Appropriations] [C]ommittee has approved her request for $17.2 million for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery. This funding is included in the Fiscal Year 2011 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs spending bill.
Ironic? Self-negating? Totally contradictory?

Not at all. The above ellipses hide the fact that the proposed spending freeze covers non-defense discretionary spending only.

Because when the government spends money on defense, it doesn't actually cost anything.

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