While the lunatic fringe Republicans made fun of the trillion dollar
coin idea, there was a House Republican proposal to rule out this option
but it got no GOP support.
Despite the absurdity of the platinum coin, Republicans actually liked
the idea. If the Treasury minted the coin then the GOP would have gotten
everything they wanted:
a) A resolution to the debt ceiling crisis
b) No need for a floor vote where they would have to take a position
that the vast majority of the public finds abhorrent
c) An opportunity to criticize Obama, forever, as being a
power-grabbing, irresponsible leader
I am not sure extricating ourselves from no win wars is isolationism.
If we cut the defense budget in half, we would still have the most
expensive fighting force on the planet but most of that money equals
US jobs and that is why they will not cut the defense budget.
Every pork laden defense appropriation bill has a cookie for every
congressional district in the country.
Bear in mind H.R.1, the original "Sandy bill" was a defense
appropriations bill before the senate marked it up.
Most of the pork, still went to defense interests.
They just added "for necessary expenses related to the consequences
of Hurricane Sandy" to each line item, whether it was or not.
Procurement of Ammunition, Army
For an additional amount for `Procurement of Ammunition, Army',
$1,310,000, to remain available until September 30, 2015, for
necessary expenses related to the consequences of Hurricane Sandy.
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