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Republicans Shouldn’t Treat Pentagon Spending as Sacred

zmazurak Wrote: Sep 19, 2012 9:36 AM
No, we're not defending half of the Earth. We have obligations to defend only ca. 40 countries, most of whom are strategically important allies. Dumping them, bringing the troops home, and closing foreign bases would leave America dramatically less safe, AND it wouldn't save a penny because you'd have to build bases and housing for these troops in the US. Allies' security is our security as well. We have common enemies. The idea that we can hide behind oceans and the crocodile won't come to eat us is a fantasy without any basis in reality. But even if we were to defend ONLY ourselves, we would still need a defense budget of the same size as we have today. America cannot be defended on the cheap. That is a fact.
The U.S. National Debt has surpassed $16 trillion. Out of control spending habits of both Republicans and Democrats got us into this fiscal mess. The only way out is through dramatically slashing spending across the board—no exceptions.

Both parties must be willing to cut their “sacred cows” from the bloated federal budget. Democrats need to put social welfare spending on the table and Republicans need to stop protecting Pentagon spending at all costs. Or else we will pass on a mountain of debt to the next generation.

At a time when our nation is in a dire...