Rumsfeld lost track of a couple trillion and nobody noticed under bush?
The military is important, but they need to learn to do more with less just like
Goooooooood!!! It's not a fiscal cliff at all, it's a
peace savings. Conservatives always forget the part where the
deified founding fathers didn't want a standing army at all. We can blow up
the world ten times if need be and we have more guns per capita that any other
country. We're safe, conservatives are just scared little men
incapable of feeling safe.
Military provides thousands of jobs.Wouldn't it be better
having people working with defense of our country, then sitting home hoping
someone is going to call with a job offer? Collecting welfare?Do our
leaders really care for a working America, or should we all be on our knees.
The military is an authorized cost of government, unlike Social Security. We
are obligated to fund it it fully.
@J Thompson, How do you figure social security is not an "authorized"
cost of Government?
When you look at military spending, it really does need to be cut. The Air Force
didn't want or need the new F-35s, but were forced to acquire them. Now the
F-35 program is over budget by billions of dollars. Bad design, poor
workmanship, and a host of other reasons led to this, and it is putting the
pilots in danger. Yet none of our representatives are howling over this
We can't cut welfare, but the military?I thought Obama was
bringing unemployment down to 5.2%?California should be the richest
state! * Perfect weather* resources* ports for
importing and exportingNow one of the poorest, with only illegals
wanting in. The rest of the country is following their path.Our
California liberals, are getting what they voted for.
McDugallRead Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution (it's
only one sentence long) and then tell us where FDR had the authority to force us
to pay into a Ponzi scheme, a scheme that the Governnent is trying to back out
of, after charging most of us 15% all of our working lives to fund.
Im all for keeping the us safe but 700 billion dollars a year? Seems a bit
excessive to me. If I understand it right we really aren't talking about
cuts we are talking about slowing the growth of their budget.
The only spending mandated by the Constitution is defense spending. Read the
Preamble some day where it says the words, "provide for the common
defense..."If our defense is not strong, then we are in trouble.
Is there waste? Yes. I'd like to see the F22 and F35 cut completely and
invest the money in updating the airframe and systems on the F-16 and F-18 and
build many more new ones. Maybe invest in more Harriers for the Marines, and a
bunch more A-10's. Some design tweaks with new technology would save a lot
of money. You want to really save money? I would say cut welfare in
all forms. Means test it, and watch those on it to make sure that they actually
need it. Cut the Education Department and give some of the money saved to the
states as block grants and let the states determine what their own education
priorities are.Also reform medicare. I'm getting close to the
age that the government will make me get Medicare. I frankly don't want to
even participate in it. Means test it. I'll buy my own insurance.
The military budget is less then half of our yearly deficit spending, and
cutting it would increase unemployment, and welfare.Either way,--it
does nothing to improve the economy, but weakens our ability to defend
ourselves.Like we see in California---May our liberal friends get
what they voted for.
The country is $1.3 trillion dollars over budget, each year. We need to do more
than cut $1.2 trillion over 10 years, we need to cut $1.2 trillion in for year.
We have all become accustomed to a certain tax rate and a certain level of
government spending, but that has got to get fixed before the collection calls
start coming on the federal debt.
Military budget should be a fixed percent of our GDP. Currently we spend more
than 8 times all other countries in the world combined!! That's not
sustainable!! Balancing the budget is not hard but our politicans serve their
interests instead of the people. Utahns should start by voting out Hatch and
Lee and elect new represntatives who are respected and will work with others to
solve our fiscal mess.
World dictators would love this.Thank you Barry for protecting our
You guys are funny, cut cut cut except for the military, then spend whatever our
wise republicans in Washington tell us we need regardless. I thought it
wasn't a revenue problem it was a spending problem. I guess what you mean
to say is that the spending problem only applies to what people other than the
far right think we should spend money on.If this is a time of
sacrifice maybe we should all sacrifice a bit. The other thing quit chasing
cold war bogey men, as long as we have enough nuclear weapons to blow the world
up five times, Russia and China are not going to attack. What we need to worry
about is the rogue nations and f-22's and f-35's are not going matter
when dealing with them.
I encourage the Pentagon in this endeavor. I would like to see some attention on
how the current and next year budgets are affected in addition to that "cuts
over ten years" business. Saying they must cut X over ten years is much less
real than X this year and Y next year and that will mean that our debt is not
getting bigger or is being paid down this year and next year. Everybody knows
that something else will change over ten years but this year is more concrete
and immediate. The way I see it the bigger numbers over ten years gets more
attention but it is smoke and mirrors and leads to a sleight-of-hand bait and