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Biden's pick for budget director once championed funding social spending by MAKING LIBYA PAY for regime-change bombing campaign

Added 11-30-20 05:37:02pm EST - “Self-proclaimed President-elect Joe Biden has chosen a budget director, Neera Tanden, who once argued the US should ease funding shortages for left-wing social programs by making countries like Libya pay for being bombed.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Biden’s pick for budget director once championed funding social spending by MAKING LIBYA PAY for regime-change bombing campaign”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Biden’s transition team on Monday announced its nominations for the six people selected to fill key economic roles in the incoming administration, led by former Federal Reserve Bank Chair Janet Yellen as treasury secretary. Tanden, a Hillary Clinton loyalist who currently heads the Center for American Progress, will be director of the Office of Management and Budget if Biden’s media-declared election victory withstands legal challenges from President Donald Trump.

This crisis-tested team will help lift America out of our current economic downturn and build back better—creating an economy that gives every single American a fair shot and an equal chance to get ahead. https://t.co/F6JMBHUgVx

However, critics have already recalled an example of her unusual budgeting philosophy. In a 2011 email that was made public by WikiLeaks, Tanden said Libya should be made to pay for the bombing campaign that helped to topple Muammar Gaddafi’s government, which would help balance the US domestic budget.

“We have a giant deficit, they have a lot of oil,” Tanden said. “Most Americans would choose not to engage in the world because of that deficit.”

If we want to continue to engage in the world, gestures like having oil-rich countries partially pay us back doesn’t seem crazy to me.

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