Rep. Barney Frank Blames S&P Downgrade On Excessive Military Spending

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Blaming the S&P downgrade of the United States credit rating on excessive military spending by the United States, Representative Barney Frank (D-MA) stated on Monday that a logical key component of further deficit reduction is the reduction of military spending.

In addition, he said that the Bush-era tax cuts should be terminated for the wealthy and that the Clinton-era tax rate should be reinstated on those making over $250,000 per year.  The reinstatement of the higher tax levels would correspondingly increase taxes by $30 for every $1,000 of additional income above $250,000.

Despite, and perhaps due to the slightly higher taxes, the Clinton era saw remarkable economic growth and even resulted in a budget surplus by the end of his second term in office.

On The Rachel Maddow Show Monday night Frank stated, “We could reduce our military spending by $250 billion a year, $140 billion from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and over $100 billion in Western Europe and Japan and other wealthy nations, and bring that money home.”

The Congressman maintained that such steps could be done without reducing the security of the United States.  He has argued, recently, that military spending should be the primary area for spending reductions because the United States spends a disproportionately large amount of its budget on the military.

Remarking that some of the savings could go to deficit reduction, and some into reinvestment into the U.S.and its citizens, Frank addressed Republicans in Congress, exclaiming, “Don’t tell me to tell a 78-year-old woman, living on $19,000 a year, that she gets no cost of living. But you’re going to continue to pour money into Karzai’s coffers.”

Let’s bring [the money] back and put it into our cities, put it into highway construction, put it into people back to work here.”

Frank ended his interview by stating that “it is the definition of stupidity” if the United States is in a crisis, with the stock market crashing and the credit rating “unfairly” downgraded by S&P, and we continue to support corruption in Afghanistan and Iraq while denying action on debt reduction and job creation in the United States.

–Raymond Gellner, National Liberal Examiner,     |   Follow me on Twitter  

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Edited By: Alexis Atherton