Society Magazine

Further Proof--Long Past Time to Cut the Defense Department Budget

Posted on the 09 February 2015 by Morage @kebmebms

Further Proof--Long Past Time to Cut the Defense Department Budget

I have read enough to not just have the opinion but to know, it is long, long past time to cut the Defense Department's budget.
It is huge, it is wasteful, it is unaccounted for, it is actually immoral and even makes the nation weaker, not stronger and finally, it is unsustainable.
Sixty-nine percent of every tax dollar in spending goes to defense spending. Beyond that, check this out from Sunday's New York Times:
The Pentagon's Excess Space
"For the past three years, officials at the Pentagon have asked Congress for permission to take stock of how many of the military’s vast network of installations across the country have become obsolete and ought to be shrunk or shuttered. The Defense Department, by far the nation’s largest and costliest bureaucracy, estimates that it could operate far more efficiently and save billions of dollars each year by shedding at least 20 percent of its real estate.

Yet, year after year, the nearly unanimous response from lawmakers has been: Don’t even think about it. They have barred the Pentagon from carrying out a detailed assessment of its properties, because closing useless bases would mean lost jobs and revenue in home districts."
Under pressure from lawmakers, the Air Force has spread its fleet of aircraft across the country to justify keeping the lights on at bases that outlived their use years ago. A stark example is the Air Force base in Grand Forks, N.D., a once strategically important hub for bombers during the Cold War. Currently, it’s home to 11 drones.
The Army has hundreds of buildings across the country that are only nominally open for business. In 2013, a senior Army official, testifying before Congress, said she had recently been on a base with 800 buildings, where only 300 were occupied. Last summer, when thousands of unaccompanied Central American migrant children were detained entering the country, many were temporarily housed at military bases, an odd arrangement that drew attention to how much space the Pentagon had to spare.
And when it comes to cutting the spending of the Defense Department budget, there will be those who say it will weaken the nation that, somehow, we will be "soft on defense." And of course it's nonsense. Quite the opposite is true. Ironically, even hypocritically, there will be plenty of Republicans in Congress, in both the House and Senate, who will want to maintain this spending because, of course, they want to keep the money coming back to their districts. Forget that they are supposedly the political party of slashing budgets and screaming for "small government." "Damn the torpedoes!" they seem to say. "Full spending speed ahead!"  Well, it's ridiculous. It's absurd. It should stop. It needs to stop. We need to cut the Defense budget, the Pentagon's budget and this is an excellent place to begin. Now if we can just get them to listen. And act.

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • #HampsteadGardenSuburb – More Than A Village by @kpgtourguide

    #HampsteadGardenSuburb More Than Village @kpgtourguide

    DC Editor Adam writes… Karen's tour of little known Hampstead Garden Suburb goes this Sunday 29th April at 2.30pm from Golders Green tube. It, in a word, is... Read more

    The 25 April 2018 by   Lwblog
  • It's Official - Polish Ice Warriors Will Return to K2 in 2019/2020

    It's Official Polish Warriors Will Return 2019/2020

    This past winter one of the expeditions that we followed closely was the attempt by the Polish Ice Warriors team to make the first winter ascent of K2. Read more

    The 25 April 2018 by   Kungfujedi
  • Boho Chic Wedding in Santorini

    Boho Chic Wedding Santorini

    The boho chic wedding we are sharing today has mesmerized us! Taylor and Justin love exotic sunny destinations and during one of their trips they discovered... Read more

    The 25 April 2018 by   Eleni Balkouli
  • The Xroadie Files

    Xroadie Files

    Lord of Pagathorn – Diamono Philia Sedit – Bass, Hellwind – Vocals/Drums, Corpselord – Guitar/Bass/Vocals Intro Nietzscherion strange guitar sounds... Read more

    The 25 April 2018 by   Ripplemusic
  • Marvelous Mother's Day Gifts!

    Marvelous Mother's Gifts!

    Mother's Day is in a few weeks and I'm sometimes still in awe that I've been a Mom for the last four years now. As a parent, the kids and Zach always try to... Read more

    The 25 April 2018 by   Cait
  • Black and Gold Hues Wedding Inspiration with a Modern Flair

    Black Gold Hues Wedding Inspiration with Modern Flair

    Today, we’re sharing with you a wedding inspirational shoot that took place in Santorini, an ideal summer destination. An impressive table with black and gold... Read more

    The 25 April 2018 by   Eleni Balkouli
  • A Fun Class


    Last night was the tenth and last meeting of my Wordplay class -- and what fun it's been! The students have written to prompts of taste, touch, smell, sound, an... Read more

    The 25 April 2018 by   Vickilane