Republican Myth Talking Point #348: Clinton gutted the defense department during his two terms?

According to factcheck.org - Bush #40 actually began the large defense cutbacks. Measured in what economists call "constant dollars," adjusted for inflation, defense spending declined by nearly 15 percent between Reagan's last budget (for fiscal year 1989) and the elder Bush's last budget four... show more According to factcheck.org - Bush #40 actually began the large defense cutbacks.

Measured in what economists call "constant dollars," adjusted for inflation, defense spending declined by nearly 15 percent between Reagan's last budget (for fiscal year 1989) and the elder Bush's last budget four years later. The decline was just under 13 percent between Bush's last budget and Clinton's final fiscal year (2001). In other words, the buying power of the dollars spent for defense declined more during Bush's four years than during Clinton's eight.

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Update 2: In fact, factcheck was just used by one of the conservatives here to bolster his claim that Bush didn't cut VA benefits.
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