by Lisa Mascaro, LA Times
Congressional Republicans have launched a drumbeat of opposition to Pentagon cuts they agreed to last summer as part of the debt deal with President Obama, and want to shift the burden of cuts to food stamps, school lunches and other domestic programs.
Armed with an industry-backed analysis that shows the loss of 2 million jobs – particularly hitting the aerospace industry in California and the critical swing state of Virginia -- Republicans are blaming Obama in an attack that stretches from Washington to the presidential campaign trail.
The House overwhelmingly approved legislation Wednesday that would require an administration investigation into the economic toll of the looming cuts.
The GOP strategy comes as Americans, after a decade of wars, are wary of more military spending and want investments on the homefront to create jobs.
Attempts Wednesday to criticize the president’s leadership as commander in chief bumped up against the military successes Obama has achieved in the killing of Osama bin Laden and ending the war in Iraq. [MORE]
Via Jessica English