Every time a Democrat can even bring himself to consider cutting federal expenditures, somehow, there is a laser like focus on the DoD.
It was 1989 — and everyone knew that defense budgets were going to go down.
At the time, spending less on defense made sense. Almost overnight, with the Soviet Union disintegrating from within, the world had become dramatically safer. The U.S. would need a smaller conventional force, a reduced nuclear arsenal and a shift in focus of its national security missions.
Not surprisingly, Obama has decided how much to cut, and then figure out a justification for it. That’s a poor way to plan.
Look, I get it that there is an extremely austere fiscal environment coming. But it is damn hard to defend cutting the budget of a department that is constitutionally authorized, when we can’t even bring ourselves to cut loose NPR, and Planned Parenthood. Don’t even get me started on all the other frippery that the government wastes money on, let alone the unsustainable redistribution programs that are bankrupting our nation.