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Schraufnagel, Scot D.

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B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

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Department of Political Science


This paper analyzes the reoccurring rhetoric of the Republican Party of minimal government spending and its relation to budget allocations, as a percent of the total US budget, for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Since the Civil war veterans have been a constant constituency of the Republican Party, and as a result have received favorable legislation and benefits. However, the idea of limited spending conflicts with the support of this constituency group in regards to continued yearly budget growth for the VA. Analyzing a set of time series data, the paper seeks to determine which ideology wins out; support for veterans through increased budget growth, or limiting budget spending even at the cost of VA earmarks. Additionally, the impact of veterans in Congress, a legislative group that has been diminishing since it peek in the 1970’s, on the allocation of budgetary earmarks for the VA.

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