There are more issues involved than that, I think. The 87 billion involved some 20 billion of non-military expenditures, and it wasn't just Kerry who didn't want to spend that. My point remains, I think: in general, and in this specific case, the sound bite destroys any sense of complexity. And like I said, that's true on both sides of any issue. IMHO it's a really silly way to run a political process. Not that I assume it's ever been better, although there are hints of it in some of what you hear and read about the past. The Lincoln Douglas debates, for instance, are not simple-minded sound bites. But then, I suspect that the same kind of mindless nonsense that we get existed even back then--we just don't hear about it, and you'd have to be an expert in the period to know it.<br><br>
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