Tom Moore: Cut military spending
It looks like the most Democrats and all Republicans are content to cut a deal cuts that chop way too much from Social Security, Medicare and other vital domestic programs and far too little from the war and weapons spending. Both parties seem to have agreed on one thing that is to spare the Pentagon the pain of making any serious contribution to solving the fiscal crisis. That is strange since Pentagon and war spending is greater than the combined spending of the next 18 countries.Military spending for the Pentagon, the wars and nuclear weapons comprises 56 percent of the discretionary spending requested in FY 2012.Are we that fearful of foreign enemies? Should our military have more than 700 military bases overseas? Shouldnt the military stop wasting on boondoggles such as the F-35 and F-22. We continue to spend $640 billion in the next 10 years on nuclear weapons that in a rational world could not be used.While all other discretionary spending is subject to cuts or spending caps, military spending would continue to grow. Simple arithmetic tells us that without cuts to this largest portion of discretionary spending even very deep cuts to domestic and international programs will not alleviate deficit spending and the rising debt.Demand that our representatives and senators start chopping at military spending in the range of 25 percent. Write markudall.senate.gov; bennet.senate.gov; polis.house.gov; etc. or call the Congressional switchboard at 202-224-3121.
TOM MOORE, Boulder