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A Battle For the GOP’s Soul

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It’s kind of funny to watch the Republicans on Capitol Hill come up with repeated schemes to protect defense spending from next year’s budget cuts ($500 billion over a decade, mandated by the sequestration law) without raising taxes. The House Armed Services Committee chairman, Rep. Howard McKeon of California, has detailed one, and Senate Republicans proposed a similar plan Thursday.

Unfortunately, they need help from the Democrats, who seem disinclined to shield defense from cuts unless revenues are raised to help do so. So that seems to be the emerging bottom line for the GOP: do you love military spending more than you hate raising taxes?

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