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Chambliss: Spending Isn't Stimulus Unless It's Defense Spending

"Instead of focusing on three major issues - job creation, housing and compassion for Americans who have lost jobs through no fault of their own - to boost the economy, this bill has morphed into a bloated government giveaway," said Chambliss. "The majority in Congress has been in runaway mode when it comes to spending taxpayer dollars.

And then last week, when Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) introduced an alternative budget proposal, Chambliss voted for it, in support of a spending freeze.

Yesterday, though, he called in to the NPR program Talk of the Nation and argued that there's no better way to create jobs (read: stimulate the economy) than...with government spending.

As long as the spending is for things that cause explosions, anyhow.

Well listen, the jobs are important any time, whether you're in a fiscal crisis or not. But now, when we're in these very difficult times, certainly it's even more important.

I've been an advocate not just of spending more money on the F-22 but on - when it comes to stimulating the economy, there's no better way to do it than to spend it in the defense community.

We'll be keeping our eyes peeled for more examples of this sort of contradiction in the days and weeks ahead.

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Brian Beutler is TPM's senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he's led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at brian@talkingpointsmemo.com

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