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House Proceeding 02-06-07 on Feb 6th, 2007 :: 3:56:32 to 4:01:50
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into the federal government as tax revenue. so mr. speaker, i'm pleased to be able to provide a bit of light, a bit of truth, a bit of fact for this chamber and deal with the issues that

John J. Jr.Duncan

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John J. Jr.Duncan: are coming before us over the next four to six weeks. i look forward to this discussion and debate and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back

John J. Jr.Duncan

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Speech By: John J. Jr.Duncan

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John J. Jr.Duncan: the balance of his time. >> i ask unanimous consent to reclaim my five-minute special order and i believe i've ok'd that with mr. ross. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered.

John J. Jr.Duncan

3:56:56 to 3:57:13( Edit History Discussion )

John J. Jr.Duncan: >> mr. speaker, in an interview published yesterday by a newspaper chain dick army, our former republican majority leader said he felt really bad about voting to go to war in iraq. .. he

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John J. Jr.Duncan: said had i been more true to myself, i would have open lip opposed the whole adventure. it takes a big man to admit something like that. chris matthews said quote, the decision to go to war in

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3:57:26 to 3:57:40( Edit History Discussion )

John J. Jr.Duncan: iraq was not a conservative decision historically. and he said the president asked republicans to quote, behave like a different people than they are. in 2004, william f. buckley, wrote, that

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3:57:40 to 3:57:51( Edit History Discussion )

John J. Jr.Duncan: if he knew in 2002 what he knew by 2004, he would have opposed going to war in iraq. today the oversight and government reform committee held a hearing on waste, fraud and abuse in iraq. a couple

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3:57:51 to 3:58:07( Edit History Discussion )

John J. Jr.Duncan: of years ago, the same committee held a similar hearing. david walker, now head of the g.a.o., but then inspector general of the defense department testified at that time that $35 billion

John J. Jr.Duncan

3:58:07 to 3:58:21( Edit History Discussion )

John J. Jr.Duncan: had been lost in iraq due to waste, fraud and abuse and another $9 billion had been lost and not accounted for at all. i heard a talk by charlie cook who said people really could not comprehend

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3:58:21 to 3:58:37( Edit History Discussion )

John J. Jr.Duncan: anything over $1 billion but $44 billion is an awful lot of money. a foreign service officer told me last year a few months after he left iraq that he sometimes saw s.u.v.'s there filled with

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3:58:37 to 3:58:57( Edit History Discussion )

John J. Jr.Duncan: cash with barely enough room for the driver. conservatives have been the strongest opponents and biggest critics. conservatives have traditionally been the biggest critics of wasteful and lavish

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3:58:57 to 3:59:10( Edit History Discussion )

John J. Jr.Duncan: contracts. conservatives should not feel any obligation to defend wasteful spending or lavish federal contracts just because they are taking place in iraq. an article said this, many conservatives

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John J. Jr.Duncan: who talk about the federal government's ineffective and inefficient use of taxpayer dollars give the pentagon a free ride on their spending habits. conservatives admire, respect and appreciate the

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John J. Jr.Duncan: people in the military as much or more than anyone. conservatives believe that national defense is one of the few legitimate functions of the federal government and one of its most important. however,

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John J. Jr.Duncan: this does not mean that we should give the pentagon everything it wants or turn a blind eye to waste in the defense department. the defense department is a gigantic bureaucracy, the biggest

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John J. Jr.Duncan: in the world. it has the same problems and in effs and conservatives, especially fiscal conservatives should not give a free ride to waste, fraud and abuse just because it is done by the defense

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3:59:59 to 4:00:12( Edit History Discussion )

John J. Jr.Duncan: department. counting our regular defense appropriations bill plus emergency and supplemental bills plus the military construction appropriations bill and the end of the year omnibus appropriations

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John J. Jr.Duncan: bill, we spend more on defense than all other nations combined, yet the military always wants more money. well, at some point we're going to have to decide do we want national defense for

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John J. Jr.Duncan: our own people or are we going to be the policemen of the world and provide international defense for all countries that claim to be our allies. with the national debt of almost $9 trillion

John J. Jr.Duncan

4:00:39 to 4:00:50( Edit History Discussion )

John J. Jr.Duncan: and unfunded pension liab i believe it is both unaffordable and unconstitutional for us to be the policemen of the world. we will soon not be able to pay social security and veterans benefits

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John J. Jr.Duncan: and all other things that the federal government is doing if we try to maintain an empire around the world. conservatives have been the biggest critics of interventionist foreign policies

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4:01:04 to 4:01:17( Edit History Discussion )

John J. Jr.Duncan: because it creates resentment. conservatives have been the biggest critics of nation building as president bush was when he ran for the white house in 2000. we need the more humble foreign policy

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John J. Jr.Duncan: he advocated then or we need to tell the people forget about their social security because we are giving blank checks to the pentagon. thank you, mr. speaker and i yield back the balance

John J. Jr.Duncan

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John J. Jr.Duncan: of my time. the speaker pro tempore: what reason does the gentleman from georgia rise? >> i ask that all members have five legislative days to include extraneous remarks on my special order of the day.

Mike Ross

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Mike Ross: the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. the gentleman from arkansas is recognized for 6 minutes as the designee of the majority leader. mr. ross: thank you, mr. speaker. this afternoon,

Mike Ross

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Speech By: Mike Ross

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