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Blown Budget: Optics Problem - cover

Blown Budget: Optics Problem

Steve Kassel Smith

Publisher: Steve Kassel Smith

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Summary

- Unpublished work from August 2012 as criticism of G.W. Bush Presidency, now a retrospective that makes clear the status quo 
- How GOP Budgets, two wars, ineffective congress, and the 2008 Financial Crisis expanded the US Budget into a Bloated Disaster     
- Drawing on career in government and on research in government budgets, economics, 
- Cold War missions for US Government ending in 1989 left USA in confused Foreign Policy, and unfocused security budget 
- Many clear statements can be drawn from the militarization of US society, inflated budgets, heavy spending overseas

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