Defending the United States is one of the very few constitutionally mandated functions of the federal government; maintaining an army and navy.
For that reason our country must be able to properly fund the military via a defense budget. The left and right have been debating the balance between defense and other domestic spending it seems like forever, or at least since LBJ’s Great Society. The right, or constitutional conservatives maintain that nothing is more important than funding defense. The left however, believes that domestic spending is as or more important than defense.
The fact is, constitutionally it doesn’t matter what the left or right feels or thinks. Most of the spending the federal government does is unconstitutional. There is no article, section, clause or amendment that allows the feds to take our tax money to spend on college loans, illegal immigrants, mortgages, welfare, Social Security, food stamps, etc. The list isn’t endless, but it’s darn close. None of these programs are truly legal.
Yet here we are – collecting around $2 trillion in taxes and spending over $3.5 trillion every year.
Last year our spineless Congress was once again faced with a decision. Cut spending, increase taxes, raise the debt ceiling. As is their usual M.O., rather than make an actual decision, they decided to punt the ball. After all, is this not what we elected them to do? Off they go to Washington, collect a good salary with endless perks, benefits and lifetime retirement after a few short terms. I know that’s what I’m looking for in an employee; and overpaid primadonna that can decide not to make a decision on any issue.
That brings us to the 800-pound gorilla in the room. My apology to any gorillas reading this. The dreaded sequestration; the automatic spending cuts that Congress didn’t think we would ever have to deal with.
As I stated, last year Congress kicked the spending can down the road once again, figuring, somehow, that a magic fairy would come and solve it for them; maybe a blue ribbon commission of ex-politicians that were unable to make a decision while they were in office.
The right figured it would never get to this point due to drastic cuts in defense spending. See all Republicans are warmongers, ya know. The left figured this would never come to pass due to the potential of draconian domestic spending cuts.
Notice I haven’t mentioned our King. That’s because, I don’t think Obama gives a crap either way. If he really wants something done, he’ll just write an executive order.
Anywho, if you have been watching anything other than TMZ or Entertainment Tonight, you’ve heard of the dreaded sequestration. Among the two, the drastic automatic cuts of $500 billion from the defense budget have garnered the most attention. This is of course purposeful, for the left feels it can pressure the right into caving because of the right’s precious defense budget.
And that’s all we hear. How will we survive? A cut of $500 billion from Defense will cripple us, they say. Yes it would if it were all taken at once. But that $500 billion cut is spaced out over 10 years. It’s not all up front, but it sounds scarier if the 10-year thing isn’t mentioned.
The sequestration cost for this year from Defense is $45 billion. Now, don’t get me wrong, that’s a lot of cabbage (money, for you who don’t speak gangster), but with a total governmental budget of over $3.5 trillion, it’s an accounting error.
I am a diehard supporter of the military, but total defense related spending is over $820 billion per year. That includes the military, homeland security, State Department and the like. Is anyone really naïve enough to think that any government agency can’t cut a little over 5% from their budget? Hell, we gave away $47 billion in foreign and military aid in 2012 alone and it’s projected top $56 billion next year. There is so much pork built into every government budget, 5% wouldn’t be missed.
Oh, and by the way; with the scam called government base-line budgeting, the budget will always increase, and the sequestration cuts (after the first year) is merely a decrease in the automatic increase in every departments budget. It’s like marking up a product from $20 to $30 and then offering a $5 discount. What a bargain.
Once again, in my opinion, this is another purposely-created emergency. If you recall, our country was going to collapse if we didn’t spend $1 trillion on TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) under the progressive George W Bush administration.
Then we had to have the trillion-dollar useless stimulus program, lest the world end. Then son of stimulus, second cousin of stimulus, Bernanke’s buyback stimulus, etc. See, a good crisis never does go to waste (thanks Rohm). Everything is always and purposefully pushed off until the 11th hour by both sides allowing for rash decisions to be made by one side and cover for the other.
And does anyone truly believe these cuts will continue for 10 years? They can’t even decide what to do next year. The federal budget will increase as it always does, unfettered and unpinned from economic reality.
So fear not, all you warmongering hawks. Our military will prevail as it always has.
Let the sequestration happen and let the chips fall where they may.