The problem with the defense cuts is that this is an across-the-board 10% reduction - REGARDLESS if the program is helpful or not. The military has zero say in what they can cut. EVERYTHING gets cut - even if it's effective as a program. They have no say in cutting out those items that are not effective and eliminating those things to be used as the budget cuts. Instead every THING and every ONE who is invilved in the DoD is getting that 10% cut - like it or not. That's how the law was written. We have a-holes running this country. The spending issue needs to be addressed FAR before taxes. The "porking out" of the Sandy Relief bill should give us all a good idea what the REAL problem is.