Susan Stamper Brown, FloydReports.com
On this Veteran’s Day 2011, our thoughts should turn once again toward our military, who find themselves busier than they have been in recent memory. Despite the tempo of current operations, our president appears determined to govern a peacetime force by way of withdrawal and drawback.
If the budget committee fails to reach an agreement, the military stands to be cut by epic proportions, which they seem poised to do, barring any eleventh-hour deal. These cuts should come as no surprise to anyone considering that this is what usually happens when a liberal Democrat is in the Oval Office.
With dollar signs in their eyes, liberals ignore the federal government’s core responsibility of defending its citizens, and instead salivate over the opportunity to get their hands on what they perceive as the Pentagon’s “pot of gold.”
Military recruitment requirement numbers are already down, and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has been given a deadline from on high to slash defense spending by $450 billion. According to the New York Times, Panetta described “the president as closely involved” in the discussions to reduce Pentagon spending, which may include a reduction in military medical and retirement benefits, additional base closings, pulling troops out of Europe, cutting the nuclear arsenal, reducing the overall troop force, and reducing weapon purchases.
It is customary to reduce defense spending between wars. Budget hawks from both sides of the isle would agree that trimming excess fat is necessary, but, when it comes to defense spending, cuts should be painstakingly executed, considering that the War on Terror is ongoing, and defense spending is not the reason for America’s current economic predicament.
In fact, defense spending has gone down, according to House Committee on the Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-WI. In his “Pathway to Prosperity” budget, Ryan says….
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