Obama wants to cut the deficit. First thing he wants to cut, as all Democrats are want to do… Military Spending. Who could have seen that coming? Yeah, that’s shocking. 78 Billion reduction in spending. That’s interesting, because I bet we could cut a lot more from other useless programs before we touched our National Defense. For example, we gave the Art Institute Of California Hollywood a total of 16.5 Million dollars. The Art Institute Of Houston was given 38.9 Million. 28 Million went to the Art Institute of Las Vegas. Of all this money, really and honestly how necessary was this spending? In what national interest was this spending made?
Look, I’m not against art. But Art should be privately funded and not Federally funded. I don’t need my tax money going to artists in Hollywood. Are there not enough concerned Hollywood millionaires to support Art? Come on.
This is just an example of where spending cuts can be made. There are a lot of other areas in a similar vein that can be cut… and on principle alone, should be cut.
I’m sure there are some programs in the Depart of Defense that can be cut or trimmed. I’m still not a fan of the V-22 Osprey. It seems of limited benefit compared to the numerous liabilities. The Stryker, okay, I was wrong about the Stryker and it’s proven to be a great vehicle. But I have yet to hear from any expert how an LAV25 with upgraded communications gear would be a lesser vehicle. Especially when the Stryker is so much money. Do we need a Lincoln Navigator instead of a workable Tahoe? I don’t know. But I’m looking at the LAV and the Stryker looks really similar for a whole lot more money. How can we shave some money from that? I bet we can.
The Marine’s floating assault tank is a nice rig… when the Marines asked for it 20 years ago. I find it insulting that there are Republicans that took the Marines to task when the Marines said, “Yeah, we can cut that.” The Republicans seemed to disparage the Marines that they gave it up too easily. “They pushed for it hard enough 20 years ago.” Well, yeah, they did. But they have learned to do their thing without out… because they have been doing without them for twenty years.
Other cuts, the C-17, I think is a bad idea. The F-35 can program can be streamlined. Simplify the F-35, and start building them in quantity. The F-22 program was killed, when it needed to be fast tracked. Now that China has a 5th Gen fighter, we need our own more than ever. Because when China tools up for production, they are going to make quite a few of them. What do we have to put up against that? F-18’s mostly, because we don’t have enough F-22’s.
Government has the duty to protect and defend the Constitution of the US, and it’s people. Cutting Military Spending hampers it’s ability to carry out that function. Obama needs to look at other things.
Let’s not forget that Military Spending is a huge chunk of our National Economy. Almost 5% of our GDP.
I wonder if some reorganization would help maximize our return on our Defense Dollars. I’ve said in the past that Privatization is the answer to almost every problem with the Government. I bet we could do the same with the US Military. Operate it like it was a series of businesses. Just a thought.