GOP senators flex scare tactics over impending military cuts

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Aug. 17, 2012 9:10 a.m.

    Military provide jobs.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 14, 2012 1:30 p.m.

    "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.