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10 Reasons Not to Cut Defense

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USS Ronald Reagan near Pearl Harbor (Photo credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Scott)

There is no doubt whatsoever that America needs to drastically cut spending.  Along with radical advances toward socialism, the reckless spending of our liberal-controlled government is what spawned the birth of the Tea Party movement last year. We have spent trillions we don’t have on unconstitutional bailouts of private businesses, trillions we don’t have on wasteful “porkulus” spending that has done little more than stimulate bigger government, and trillions we don’t have on a new entitlement for unconstitutional government health care.

Roughly half of the federal budget is spent on entitlement programs that would not only be better handled in the private sector, the U.S. Constitution provides no authority for the federal government to run such programs.

Yet as is typical of big government socialists, the political class is all hot to trot to cut defense spending.  They seem oblivious to the fact that we are still wrapping up wars against terrorist factions in Iraq and Afghanistan, and face ongoing belligerence from nations such as Iran and North Korea who are on the verge of nuclear capability.

James Carafano at The Foundry, the blog of the Heritage Foundation, lists 10 good reasons why, while we are cutting the nonsense from our federal budget, we should not be slashing defense:

  • #10. We are a nation at war.
  • #9. The Pentagon’s bill is getting bigger, not smaller.
  • #8. The world is getting less safe, not more.
  • #7. Americans want to be defended.
  • #6. Defense cuts would mean a whole lot less defense.
  • #5. Savings cannot be saved.
  • #4. The budget can be balanced without gutting defense.
  • #3. Gutting defense makes progressives’ life easy.
  • #2. Defense spending is already at near historic post–World War II lows.
  • #1. Providing for the common defense is an obligation established by the Constitution.

Go to The Foundry to read more details on each of these important reasons.


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2 Responses to “10 Reasons Not to Cut Defense”

  1. …there’s a big difference between ‘defense’ spending and ‘military’ spending

    We could easily cut military spending significantly without sacrificing defense at all…

    Again, there is absolutely no need for the extremely costly and redundant amenities provided on our military bases (grocery stores, department stores, convenience stores, banks, gas stations, movie theaters, thrift stores, ABC and liquor stores, nightclubs, bowling alleys, restaurants, pools, gyms, veterinarians, day care, hotels, golf courses, etc, etc, etc).

    These “would not only be better handled in the private sector” … these exact same services already are also available off base “in the private sector.”

    Even on-base housing is unnecessary…

    If we stripped our military bases down to only what is actually necessary to have ‘on base’, we could likely save billions of dollars per base per year … we could afford to pay our military better, AND it would stimulate the local economies of the communities that surround these bases.

  2. That may be true of some bases, but many bases–especially overseas–are located in areas where such amenities are hard to find. This is especially true for young airmen who may not have transportation. Also, military bases often go into high security lockdown situations where it can be difficult to get off base, meaning that amenities located on base become extremely valuable to on base personnel. The military also tries to keep as many people on base as possible so that people are available quickly for alerts, mobilizations, generations and such.

    I don’t know if you have a military background or not, but I’ve seen all such conditions during the bases I’ve been at Stateside and overseas.

    Is there some room to trim from the military budget? I’m certain there is.

    But there is a gargantuan amount that can and should be cut from other areas of government before the relative fine-tuning that could be done to the military budget. Like with the family budget, the best way to cut spending is to first cut out the payment for the third jet-ski that you really don’t need, sell the second Cadillac you don’t need and replace it with a Chevy, quit buying $1,200 worth of cocaine every month, and so on before you worry about switching from the Heinz to to the store brand of ketchup.