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  • Decreasing Defense No Solution for Debt Disaster

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    Most Americans are growing frustrated with Washington’s out of control spending and inability to strengthen our economy. According to a recent Gallup poll, Americans identify federal government debt and terrorism as equal threats to our country. In a Pew Research Center poll, 38 percent of Americans believe that Obama’s economic policies have had no effect so far, while another 29 percent say his policies have made it worse. And according to Rasmussen Reports, a staggering 81 percent of Americans view the size of the national deficit as contributing to our country’s current economic condition. And according to Bloomberg News in just two years, the nation’s debt will exceed the annual gross domestic product (GDP). This has not happened since the 1940s when the country was emerging from the Great Depression and engaged in a world war in two major theaters of operation.

    It is no wonder that Americans are voicing their justifiable concerns. As Americans, we have always valued the right to pursue economic freedom and opportunities safeguarded by a strong national defense.

    The threat to our economic and individual freedom continues as evidenced by those who do not share our values and dreams – the Christmas bomber, the Times Square bomb plot, and just last week the arrest of two more plotters arrested at JFK Airport on their way to train in Somalia. In addition to terrorism, America faces rising adversaries as well as the unexpected challenges we have always faced in our history. But we have always met those challenges because we could rely on our military to defend us at home and abroad.

    To defeat those foreign-supported entities who seek to undermine our way of life and deter potential aggressors who might perceive a weakness in the resolve and capabilities in our nation, America needs to support the soldiers, sailors and airmen who protect us every day, at home and abroad, in combat zones and other operations. We need to provide them with the tools, processes, and platforms to do their job on behalf of all of us. And we want our allies to know that they will have a dependable partner.

    Simply decreasing the defense budget doesn’t accomplish those goals. The Heritage Foundation has a long history of advocacy in reforming our defense to ensure that it remains the world’s predominant force. These have included promoting advanced technologies, improving programs, and identifying inefficiencies within the system to pay for under-funded or under-resourced areas.

    Americans understand why we need that national security.

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    4 Responses to Decreasing Defense No Solution for Debt Disaster

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    2. Spiritof76, NH says:

      I disagree. We must shut down or downsize many of the agencies that spend money like there is no tomorrow with no accountability.

      Home Land Security- spends billions but failed to stop the underwear bomber and no one was held accountable. No border security at the southern border. In fact, the DHS actively opposed the AZ law. I don't want my taxes going to prop up useless organizations.

      Defund Dept. of Energy (failed in its mission to reduce oil imports), Department of Education (failed to improve academics or drop out rates), EPA, FCC and downsize FDA. Department of Defense is no exception. They failed to prevent the Ft.Hood shooter with their idiotic policies and confused leadership at command structure. Again, who is being held accountable for it?

      My judgment is that we should be able to lop off $1T from the budget. We should start reforming the entitlement programs and reduce their footprints on the budget. I say we run the federal budget at 40% of its curent level. Cap the budget at a maximum of 15% of the GDP. Remove the ability of the politicians from spending irresponsibly just to get elected.

    3. Mike, Wichita Falls says:

      I think the only way to remove the ability of politicians from spending irresponsibly is to remove the politicians who spend irresponsibly. We can do that in about 140 days.

    4. surefoot says:

      The only way that the Pentagon could waste the tax payer’s money more efficiently; would be to build an incinerator and then just shovel the tax payer’s money directly into it.

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