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Published: Monday, Feb. 13 2012 11:30 p.m. MST

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Major Jared Novak
Rochester Hills, MI

There is room for cuts in the military budget. The benefits that have been generous in a time where recruitment was difficult can be reduced, travel costs can be lowered and some equipment purchases can be curtailed. It is time for hard choices, and not everything that is wanted should be purchased.

My biggest concern is that we will make those hard choices in the military and not in other areas of Federal spending. Will the risks accepted by the military go for naught by funding too many wants in other areas?

I am an active Army Major who works in Army Acquisition. These are my own views and do not necessarily represent those of the Army or the Federal government.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

The President's budget is DOA, just like last year, thank goodness! It calls for massive tax increases, massive entitlement spending increases with massive debt increases and vague promise of cuts, someday, somehow,the military bearing the brunt! This next election is our last exit off the Obama highway to Greece!

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

'...the military bearing the brunt!' - Mountanman | 6:54 a.m. Feb. 14, 2012

I'm sorry...

do we CARE, about the military now?

We lost over 14,000 military service men & women due to the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy.

Where were you?

** 'Senate Republicans Block Defense Bill, 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' Repeal' - By MATTHEW JAFFE and DEVIN DWYER - ABC News - 09/21/10

The Republican party voted against the ENTIRE military Defense Bill, rather than allow openly gay troops. That means ZERO dollars.

September, 2009.

Where were you?

George W. Bush factually DOUBLED the national debt and Regan, TRIPLED it.

Where were you?

The Republican party doesn't care about our troops. If they did, they wouldn't send them into wars based on lies.

"The Iraqi regime . . . possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons. It is seeking nuclear weapons.' - George W. Bush - Ohio Speech 10/7/2002

*'US gives up search for Iraq WMD' - BBC News - 01/12/05

Think this has changed?

*'GOP contenders argue on Iran' - By Kasie Hunt - AP - Published by DSNews - 11/12/11

"If we re-elect Barack Obama, Iran will have a nuclear weapon. And if you elect Mitt Romney..." - article

David
Centerville, UT

Study Obama's budget and you will discover it is designed to earn votes from his base. It is a reelection effort. It is best for Obama. Not necessarily best for the country.

To get our fiscal "house" in order we, as a country, all need to sacrifice. The federal budget and spending must first be decreased, with unnecessary agencies closed. Spending decreases probably need to occur across the board.

Once government shows that it can decrease spending, THEN a tax increase could be introduced. But I would not be in favor of any tax increase at this point given politicians inability to reduce the debt and pay down the deficit.

Even Obama's plan is only a $4Trillion reduction (he calls it "savings") in the budget over 10 years. But when deficit spending is $1.3 Trillion/year it means after 10 years there would still be roughly $5.5-6 Trillion of new debt! This is unacceptable and shows the president does not understand, respect, or care about the current crisis.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

When you think of the basics of the Constitution, the government is to provide for the common defense. With the cuts the President is seeking and mandating with reductions is sacrificing our defense mechanisms to protect us. The Homeland Security doesn't mean it really makes us secure as you can tell with the border incursions into our country. We have cut back and are cutting back for years to come. The Defense of our country is not growing so that probably means that non-essential and less of a priority government is growing. The other functions of government won't exist if we can't defend our country. The Reserve and Guard forces are drawing down due to mandated cuts so states and reserve forces won't be there for a backup to the military plans. They were the real drivers in both Iraq and Afghanistan for 10 years. We are going to require more with fewer people. The threats to our country have not decreased. The types of killing in countries that have rebellions or insurgencies die by small time bombers not government forces. We would almost call those crimes instead of wars but have the same effect on the populace. Military power and strength can't be built up in two weeks, months or even in two years. It takes time, products, etc. to make an Army, Air Force, Marine and Navy forces. With 3 years of the President's budgets not being approved, this even has more controversy than previous budgets and will be difficult for Congress to deal with.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

When buddy there, mr. santorum has the top job, my expectations of him will be simple. Fix it all. Republicans have learned every answer, from immigration to the budget to energy to health care, to the auto and banking sectors. Three years and he must be able to fix it all. Lookin' forward to it.

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