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Quigley Pushes For Defense Cuts

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Where can the federal government cut spending? An Illinois congressman is looking at the Pentagon.

U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Chicago) is among Democrats who say the defense budget of well over $600 billion is where the money is. He says he wants the country to be defended, but we need intelligence now to thwart terrorism. Instead we’re spending billions to fight the wars of the past.

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“We’re still in a Cold War footing. Sixty-five years after the Second World War, we still have 125,000 troops in Asia and Eastern Europe. We still have 2,500 nuclear weapons ready to use and 5,000 in stockpile, which will cost hundreds of billions to maintain,” he said.

To the extent that the military is a jobs program, in terms of Department of Defense personnel and at contractors, he says civilian projects produce a lot more jobs for the money.

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