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Is the defense budget the best place to start cutting government spending?

  • Any department that can lose $2.3 TRILLION deserves a timeout.

    According to a CBS article titled "The War on Waste," Donald Rumsfeld said this, “According to some estimates, we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions,” when referring to unaccounted military expenditures.
    I also served 7 years in the military where I witnessed thousands of dollars wasted daily. Instead of fixing parts on our craft or machinery, we'd simply start over with a brand new shiny one. Maintenance was never stressed enough. Money is not thought of as something you need to worry about in the military. I also know people were buying tools and gear with military funding and keeping it at their homes - stealing.

  • Yes the defense budget is the best place to start cutting spending

    Our military is already the largest by several fold from the second largest military in the world. It serves to police the world and we should not support this effort. There are a lot of secret expenditures the defense department keeps from us. There have always been fraud in this department.

  • Yes the defense budget is the best place to start cutting spending

    Our military is already the largest by several fold from the second largest military in the world. It serves to police the world and we should not support this effort. There are a lot of secret expenditures the defense department keeps from us. There have always been fraud in this department.

  • Yes. The waste there is phenomenal.

    There is a military industrial complex that does not want to see government spending cut in the defense realm, but that is because there are thousands of power brokers who make their money that way. But we do not need to spend so outrageously on defense, especially if we stop provoking terrorists by occupying and intervening so aggressively abroad. Most other government spending contributes positively to life, and defense spending beyond the basics of core defense is just about fear and money for select companies.

  • Cutting the Defense Budget is Not a Good Place to Start

    I feel that it is obvious that there are other areas in government spending that could be cut before we charge in and cut the defense budget. Cutting the defense budget would be a huge slap in the face to many Americans. Eventually this area may have to be cut but why start there? I can't see how one could step up to do such a thing when there is far too much spending in less important areas.

  • No, we shouldn't start cuts by cutting defense.

    Some people think that we need to cut our budget, and that the best place to start is in defense, this is simply wrong. It's wrong because for 2 reasons:
    #1: Defense isn't even the majority of our expenditure, Social Security and Medicare are. Even the CBO has acknowledged that if we don't change what we're doing with SS/Medicare, it will eventually eat up over 80% of our budget.
    #2: Defense isn't something to cut during a dangerous time. We may be pulling out of Iraq and Afghanistan, but we are still in Al-Qaeda's crosshairs and we need to secure ourselves before we can slash our budget on defense.


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