Rep. McKinley's Vote to Increase Mili...

Rep. McKinley's Vote to Increase Military Spending is Wrong

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Lou Assaro

Clarksburg, WV

#1 May 13, 2012
I am all for reducing Government spending and waste using a balanced approach. However, increasing the budget for military spending (a large portion of which is directed to private contractors) is extremely misguided. For example, the US has a nuclear arsenal of approximately 2500 weapons along with numerous delivery systems. Each of these weapons are many times more powerful than what we dropped on Japan. The United States could completely destroy our entire planet many times over, just with the nuclear arsenal even after planned warhead reductions (which didn't come with reduced expeditures). How much money has the United States wasted in Iraq and Afghanistan? We should be cutting the defense budget by 10 percent, not increasing it by 10% as reflected in the bill McKinley voted for recently. How much money does our Congressman receive from Defense contractors to direct toward his reelection? We really need to limit our federal representatives to one term in office. Lining the pockets of defense contractors in the name of "national security" is an insult to our collective intelligence. I recommend our Congressman go back and look for waste in our bloated defense budget and start making common-sense budget cuts! Lou Assaro, Clarksburg, West Virginia

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