Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Pentagon is currently engaged in a marketing scheme which I like to call "Cancel the football program".  Every city and town in America has seen this before. Wherever there is a movement afoot to reign in the school budget because there is a bloated administrative structure or employee benefits have gotten out of control the first thing the entrenched bureaucracy says is they will be forced to cancel the most popular program like football in an attempt to rally support and maintain spending at the same wasteful level as before. As the March 1 sequestration approaches the Pentagon and their congressional supporters (which consists of all 100 Senators and 435 Congressmen) start screaming about weakening our national defense or talk about cutting benefits to our service people or veterans. What they are trying to protect is massive wasteful government spending that goes to their home state or district. We have enough tanks which the army says it doesn't need, or planes that don't fly all that well, or ships that leak. Politicians on both sides of the aisle are talking out of both sides of their mouths when they pretend to be concerned about the deficit caused by runaway government spending. The defense budget contains a large measure of corporate welfare.

Consequently I think a 10% cut across the board is probably a good thing, I would like to see the budget for Congress be included in this sequestration also.

The only ray of hope I see in this mess is people are finally admitting that reduced government spending will cost people their jobs. This has always been the case, it is simple economics. During the campaign it seemed as if the laws of economics were suspended as candidates tried to make people believe reduced government spending would create jobs. It won't. As a country we need an honest debate about economic choices and not live in some la-la land of economic fantasy.

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