The middle class has dodged most of the bullets from the Battle of the Cliff, but the guns from the promised negotiations on spending cuts are squarely aimed at us.
The president has expressed a willingness to reduce spending on popular programs like Medicare, and he’s still talking about entitlement reform, which means cuts to Social Security. Republican lawmakers are salivating at the prospect of getting these cuts.
Where in all this chatter is any mention of cuts to the bloated Pentagon budget? Numerous reports document that $100 billion a year could be safely cut from military spending, with hundreds of costly overseas bases as the chief culprits of overspending.
Other reports document that military spending is the least effective way to create jobs. Education, health care, renewable energy, and, yes, even tax cuts create more jobs than giving money hand over fist to the war industry, as we do now.
Let’s flip this script. First, cut the Pentagon. Remember, Social Security has added not one dime to our deficit.
Jane Swift Dugdale, Bryn Mawr