Remember back a little while ago when Bush was president? For much of his administration Democrats were constantly complaining, with some justification, that the military was overstretched. Some went so far as to say that the military was broken by extended deployments and its worldwide commitments. While running for president, Obama called for expanding the Army, one of his few good ideas. So now that he's president we should see a big expansion in the military, right? No, wrong.
From a report yesterday:
The Obama administration has asked the military's Joint Chiefs of Staff to cut the Pentagon's budget request for the fiscal year 2010 by more than 10 percent -- about $55 billionThis report may not be correct, I haven't seen any confirmation yet. But let's assume that it is, other Democrats have called for defense cuts. The whole idea behind the stimulus is that government spending will boost the economy. We can spend billions on pretty much anything, and supposedly that's going to help. So why would we want to cut the military, even just considering economic reasons? The military employs millions, and generates huge numbers of jobs in the private sector.
Isn't it amazing that we can waste money on every ridiculous pork project imaginable, supposedly to benefit the economy, but we need to cut defense. Let's just ignore the fact that we are still involved in two wars. Why is it that the only spending Democrats ever want to reduce is military spending? It would be different if the administration was recommending across the board cuts in federal spending. In that case the military would be a reasonable target. But the situation is exactly the opposite; it's pushing massive federal spending in almost every other area. Aside from demonstrating yet again how weak Democrats are on defense, this proposal makes no sense given their own economic theories.