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Sun Jun 14, 2015, 04:41 AM

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A quick glance at only one of Senator Sanders’ proposals:

Bernie Sanders on Education:

Bernie wants the government to spend $25B to renovate or repair elementary schools. (Sep 2011)

How could the US Congress spend that much money to take care of school buildings when they need to fund endless wars?

From Defense News (March 7, 2012):

“Not only does the Army not need new tanks, it doesn’t need to upgrade the ones it has for another few years, Gen. Ray Odierno, chief of staff of the Army, told lawmakers during a March 7 hearing of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee.

It is one of the most modernized platforms in the Army and has an average age of two-and-a-half-years old, Army Secretary John McHugh said.
The Army plans to finish out its Abrams buy in 2014 and then not begin upgrading its current fleet until 2017.

The Army tried to make the same argument last year, but Congress did not agree. In the 2012 defense appropriations bill, it provided an additional $255 million to buy 42 more tanks. The money was intended to keep the General Dynamics Land Systems’ production line open in Lima, Ohio.”

From The Fiscal Times (July 31, 2014):

“The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the most expensive, and possible the most error ridden, project in the history of the United States military. But DOD has sunk so much money into the F-35 — which is expected to cost $1.5 trillion over the 55-year life of the program — that the Pentagon deemed it "too big to fail" in 2010.

Now, the Air Force has taken steps to make sure that the unmitigated disaster that the F-35 has become does not happen again.”

I think I see a place where Congress could have found the money to upgrade American school buildings, while creating community work programs which would provide good jobs all across America.

We can’t allow such socialist programs, now, can we? Got to keep the military-industrial complex well-funded…

(My bolding)

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