"To put the proposed cuts in perspective: the federal government’s
defense budget for fiscal year 2013 is $868 billion, meaning that $55 billion in
cuts would amount to approximately 6.3 percent of overall defense
outlays."868 billion? Goodness, even with the 55 billion in cuts
it'd still easily be one of the five largest defense budgets ever.
Incidentally, to balance the budget without increasing taxes we'd need to
cut roughly 33% of spending and yet a 6% cut to the rapidly increasing defense
budget would "cripple us for generations"? What about the 40+% cut
you'd have to do to entitlements just to make up for the cutting you
aren't willing to do to the military if you want to balance the budget?
This is why Republicans aren't serious about the deficit. If you take taxes
off the table and military spending off the table, you basically have to cut 40%
of everything else, and most of the everything else is social security,
medicare, and medicaid.
Military provide jobs.