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Defense Spending Hasn’t Been Cut by $600 Billion

retiredfire Wrote: Feb 11, 2013 9:30 AM
Defense spending is one of the few expenditures the Constitution supports. Why focus on these costs when the real spending problems are the extra-constitutional outlays. Those are where REAL cuts need to be made. Sure, the estimates were published before the 9/11/01 attacks but also after 8 years of Clinton using defense as the "peace dividend" and cutting it to create his "surplus".
Texas Chris Wrote: Feb 11, 2013 11:06 AM
The left focuses on Defense and ignores Welfare.

The right focuses on welfare and ignores defense.

You want to hear people talk about real cuts, seek out a libertarian.

Beltway politicians like to pretend that smaller spending increases amount to spending “cuts.” As Dan Mitchell has pointed out numerous times (see here for one example), that’s baseline budgeting baloney. Now that the 2011 Budget Control Act’s spending caps are in place, politicians are making an even more ridiculous claim: the so-called “cuts” have already occurred.

The caps apply to spending over ten fiscal years – the last year being 2021. We are obviously not in the year 2021, so it’s impossible for the so-called...