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Defending Defense: How the GOP Can Escape the Budget Box Canyon

Frank130 Wrote: Dec 06, 2012 11:25 AM
We can make big cuts in Defense spending, without sacrificing our security but we need to limit Defense spending to its original intent: guard our homeland & win any war started by an attack on it. We don't need 800+ bases in 120+ nations around the world & we don't need to be engaged as the "world's policeman" at the whim of the UN without any declaration of war by Congress. We need missile defense which is expensive but affordable after closing most foreign bases & stopping the undeclared wars. But we also need to cut back on our welfare state which will spin even more out-of-control with ObamaCare.
3129 Wrote: Dec 06, 2012 1:45 PM
Defense spending is nothing compared to the total Federal payroll. The Constitution REQUIRES congress to provide for national defense. It does not require a National Labor Relations Board, a Great Society, or an Affordable Healthcare Protection Act complete with the attendant new regulatory agencies that will be created to provide more government union dues paying employees. Viva la revolucion.
ericynot Wrote: Dec 06, 2012 2:07 PM
3129,

Defense spending accounts for 20% of the federal budget. That's hardly "nothing". The point being made here is that we spend waaaayyyyyy more than necessary on defense. For instance, the F-16 can hold its own with any existing or foreseeable aviation threat, but we're budgeting $1.1 trillion for the newer F-35. Just because the Constitution allows something doesn't mean we have to do it, especially when we're already broke.
ericynot Wrote: Dec 06, 2012 1:36 PM
Frank,

I was with you on cutting defense until you got to the part about a missile defense system. We've already spent tens of billions trying to develop technology to do that (both Reagan and GWB were all excited about the idea) and all we've done is prove it's completely unfeasible.
MoreFreedom Wrote: Dec 07, 2012 12:26 PM
Missile defense is unfeasible? Israel is already successfully (though not 100% successful) using missile defense systems. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/for-israel-missile-defence-system-is-a-breakthrough-8375206.html

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