This “compromise” is a joke. For those of you in the military; at least $400 billion has already been cut from the defense budget now Reid and his like wants at least another $540 billion. Have you looked to see how this is going to affect your soldier and your family? If more of us knew what that meant for the military we might not be so happy with those on the left (the president included), republicans (although I can see why they feel the need to take this direction right now) or this compromise.The Army Times has an article that touches on much of the future financial woes coming from this administration.
It also seems like the military is not safe from layoffs for those within certain ranks in the military in this day and age either (just what our economy needs; more (over 400,000 more) people unemployed or on unemployment).
““We’re doing due diligence on that,” Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters at a Defense Writers Group breakfast last week. “But the reality is you’re most worried about a deeper cut. Is there another $400 billion beyond the first $400 billion?”
That has opened the door to internal discussion on whether the Pentagon will have to revisit several high-profile weapons programs that until recently were considered safe.
The Navy, for instance, is feeling pressure to cancel its next-generation ballistic-missile submarine and to reduce its fleet of 11 aircraft carriers. The Air Force is facing renewed doubts about its futuristic long-range bomber. And the Army is worried that it will have to shrink the size of its active-duty force even further; the number of soldiers is already planned to drop from 569,000 to 520,000 over the next five years.” (Craig Whitlock, Washington Post, July 20, 2011)
I do not agree with a lot of the wasteful spending the pentagon does, but the parts that bug me would not be the parts they would cut.
This is not the only part of the “compromise” that is asinine. But right now, this should really make everyone think about what it is these people are really doing in Washington. Also what is the Federal Government’s constitutional main job? Defending the country and it’s citizens; would make sense that half of the discretionary budget would go to it.
- Defense Budget: Are Deeper Cuts on the Horizon? (blogs.wsj.com)
- The real defense budget questions (politico.com) This article really breaks it all down nicely.