Betsy Crites: Cut the fat

December 28, 2012 

Cut the fat

Here’s a New Year’s resolution that would save Congress from its fiscal cliff. Put the Pentagon on a diet.

The core defense budget has gone up for an unprecedented 13 straight years, yet we’ve been told the sequestration process would cut too deeply into “security” spending. In reality, the $50 billion reduction in defense spending required by the Budget Control Act for 2013 would still leave it funded at FY2007 levels, a year when we were fighting two wars.

This level of cuts would not threaten our security, but it would help control the Pentagon’s “waste line.”

Betsy Crites

Durham

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