SPIN METER: GOP flips on job creation for defense

By DONNA CASSATA | November 4, 2011 | 4:15 AM EDT

Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl of Ariz., left, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, and others, walk to the floor of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, to deliver a defeat to Democrats and President Obama on the stimulus-style jobs agenda, blocking a $60 billion measure for building and repairing infrastructure like roads and rail lines. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The same Republicans who insist that federal spending doesn't create jobs and should be cut are leading the charge against smaller military budgets because millions of defense jobs would be lost.

Pentagon accounts are coming down. Republicans who said Democratic spending like President Barack Obama's $825 billion stimulus package in 2009 doesn't create jobs want to keep the money flowing for war fighting for the sake of sparing jobs. It's the newest argument against reducing military budgets.

The contradiction undercuts the GOP's anti-government spending mantra that proved successful for the party in 2010 congressional races — a pitch that is sure to be repeated in 2012.

The Pentagon is facing cuts of some $450 billion in projected spending over 10 years. It could double if the special bipartisan panel stumbles.