Published: Tuesday, Jan. 8 2013 2:30 p.m. MST
Excellent editorial.There are really only three types of
balance-the-budget-through-cutting- goverment- spending- but-not-the-military
Republicans:1- Those who lie to the masses, telling them what they
like hearing2- Those who believe the lies3- Those who understand the
implications and really do want to take health insurance coverage away from old
folksThere just aren't that many people in the third group.If we were actually *good* at being the world's police and *good*
at building nations, perhaps we could justify the trillions we spend on
"defense". But we aren't good at those things at all. That being
the case, let's get out of the business of empire building and focus on the
well-being of Americans.
We could cut our military budget by half and still be spending 4 times as much
Another option is to get our per-capita healthcare expenditures down to the
level of Germany, or Australia, or Canada, or Japan, or Switzerland, or Denmark.
If we did that we could afford Medicare and Defense and Infrastructure and
Re: "We could cut our military budget by half and still be spending 4 times
as much as China."Yeah, so?The problem with military
cuts is twofold -- first, deeps cuts will INEVITABLY affect defensive readiness.
There's no honest argument there. The only issue is how much
weakness-related risk Americans are willing to assume. Liberals believe we
should accept a LOT. Conservatives, less.But, the other, more severe
problem with cuts to military spending is, what will happen to the monies cut
from defense? We can all agree that the precarious American economy also poses a
defense risk. If military cuts were REAL cuts, having real, positive effects on
the economy -- that WOULD improve our defense posture.But,
that's not what liberals have in mind.Their aim is to flush
defense cuts down any of a number of social-program toilets. Effective as a
liberal vote-buying scam, to be sure, but CERTAIN to leave the American economy
in an even weaker position than it now is.Weaker defense, plus
weaker economy, equals certain disaster.
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