Reps. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Ron Paul (R-Texas) are urging lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to push the President's Commission on Deficit Reduction for cuts in military spending, as they seek signatories to a letter circulated Tuesday.
The effort comes just a few months after Frank, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, appointed his own bipartisan commission to look at ways to reduce America's bloated military budget.
The commission released a report in June, outlining how to cut $1 trillion in defense budget and reduce the deficit over the next decade, without compromising national security.
Answer by stacymomof2 at 9:11 PM on Aug. 17, 2010
Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:48 PM on Aug. 17, 2010
If we do not have a solid and stable defense, then what use is it to consider ourselves safe and secure? Bloated military budget, pah! No, I do not agree with either of these buffoons. How do you understand old Barney anyway? If he would take those mashed potatoes out of his mouth, he may make sense. He may also be missing his boyfriend! Ick!
Answer by Joeygoat at 9:08 PM on Aug. 17, 2010
Answer by annabellelee at 9:20 PM on Aug. 17, 2010
Being prior military and growing up in a military family, I have seen all sides of budget cuts and increases. I also come from a family that is well connected to politics. Now is not the time to cut our military spending. There are just too many countries that wish to do us harm. We need all the help we can get now with our military and our veterans.
Answer by Joeygoat at 9:28 PM on Aug. 17, 2010
Answer by LoriKeet at 9:41 PM on Aug. 17, 2010
Answer by bobthepepperma at 9:25 PM on Aug. 17, 2010
How could anyone say no. I hope they realise we are making private contractors very rich with your tax dollars. Since 2001 our defense spending increased by 110%. Billions of dollars are going to private defense contractors. Not to mention the billions of dollars that are just lost and unaccounted for. 70% of our intelligence budget goes to private contractors. Billions of dollars are going to private contractor bonuses. Not to mention the raptor jet program that has been going on for 30 years that has yet to be completed has cost us over 65 billion dollars. To say we shouldn't cut the waste means you are misinformed. This huge budget isn't making America safer it is making private contractors super rich.
Answer by mommom2000 at 10:06 PM on Aug. 17, 2010
Answer by 29again at 10:55 PM on Aug. 17, 2010
Answer by Crissy1213 at 11:28 PM on Aug. 17, 2010