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Obama, Reparations and Big Government, Part II


Another Obama statement that has received scant scrutiny was contained in his July 2 speech calling for “a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded [as the military].”

Once more, members of the media haven’t pressed for details. Taken at face value, it would seem Obama is calling for a huge expansion of government, regardless of the form of his “national security force.”

Again, giving the most charitable interpretation to Obama’s proposal, it’s likely he’s calling for more/larger AmeriCorps-type programs as opposed to a CTU on every corner. Nonetheless, to be as big and well funded as the military, Obama’s program would have to employ more than 2.5 million people with a budget of over $500 billion.

Obama has proposed the largest peacetime expansion of government in history and the media yawn. He’s not running for Make-Believe President. Do they take Obama seriously?


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