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The Right Way to Cut Defense Spending

oldbanger Wrote: Jan 14, 2013 11:30 PM
You want to save $9 billion by ending the commissary system? Is that a day or a year? The US Government spends $10,460,188,800 per day! http://demonocracy.info/infographics/usa/us_deficit/us_deficit.html
Rocky55 Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 9:05 AM
That's probably over 10 years - which is the way these budget guys analyze such things. They could slightly increase the surcharge added to commissary grocery bills from the current 5% to 6% or 7% and that would cover most, if not all, of that $9 Billion. The commissary store users would not like that much, but they would accept it IF there are also some cuts to some of the UNEARNED entitlements. Share the pain.
Republicans, and many Democrats, are upset by the prospect of so-called sequestration cuts to the nation's defense budget. Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is so alarmed that the day before the Senate took up what became the "fiscal cliff" agreement, he called a key Republican lawmaker, Sen. Lindsey Graham, to express deep concern that the cuts might go into effect. As it turned out, Congress put them off for two months.

Sequestration would force the government to reduce discretionary spending by about $1.2 trillion over the next decade. Roughly half of that, or $600 billion, would come from defense -- a...