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Missile Defense Is No Clunker

Posted By Jan Smith On August 4, 2009 @ 2:19 pm In Economics | Comments Disabled

For a President who is supposed to be in tune with America, one has to wonder what Barack Obama is  thinking! The latest polls show most Americans DO NOT WANT more cash for clunkers [1] (only 33% want additional funding [2]), which would benefit only a few people, most of them car dealers.

But Americans overwhelmingly DO WANT missile defense [3], and they want it soon (78%, according to an April poll for Investors Business Daily [4]; others find support near 90% [5]). The most obvious disconnect is that the Administration wants another $2 billion or so to juice car sales [6] at the same time it is cutting $1.4 billion from missile defense [7] technologies that would protect all Americans and our troops and allies overseas.

Talk about trade-offs!

Makes you wonder who the President is listening to!


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[1] most Americans DO NOT WANT more cash for clunkers: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2009/08/03/john-lott-cash-clunkers/

[2] only 33% want additional funding: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/auto_industry/august_2009/54_oppose_more_money_for_cash_for_clunkers_program

[3] missile defense: http://www.heritage.org/Research/BallisticMissileDefense/wm2512.cfm

[4] Investors Business Daily: http://www.ibdeditorials.com/Polls.aspx?id=325902465882186#polla

[5] others find support near 90%: http://www.missiledefenseadvocacy.org/web/page/561/sectionid/561/pagelevel/1/interior.aspx

[6] another $2 billion or so to juice car sales: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-clunkers-deal1-2009aug01,0,4715226.story

[7] cutting $1.4 billion from missile defense: http://www.heritage.org/Press/Commentary/ed042809a.cfm

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