Despite this fact, the President’s budget refuses to address runaway entitlement spending, and instead imposes nearly $500 billion in defense cuts over the next decade.
Emphasis mine. For crying out loud. Over 10 effing years? That’s $50 Billion a year, on an almost $700 Billion budget. That’s what? A ~7% reduction year over year?
Saying: “$50 Billion per year, for the next decade”, or even better: “reducing the military budget from $683 Billion to $633 Billion this year” is more honest, but doesn’t have that same “punch” that throwing out a big number like $500 BILLION. Just ask Dr. Evil.
And really. They are worried about entitlement programs, but they actually want to keep our $700 Billion military budget completely intact? How about we focus a little less money on trying to kill people in some fictional World War III War Game, and spend a little more on improving our society. Start with research that can keep people healthier, and we won’t be spending so much on those entitlement programs which primarily exist to keep people alive.
We will deal with World War III if/when it comes. The amount of posturing we do, pissing away our GDP on the hunch that we’re going to be required to suit up and blow the hell out of a country is laughable at this point.
Especially when we are so impotent we can’t even get a collation formed around taking out actual threats like Iran and North Korea’s nuclear programs.