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  • Social Policy Out, Defense Priorities In at Armed Services Committee

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    For the most part the progressive movement is unhappy with the proposal from President Barack Obama’s fiscal commission report. But one area that they will embrace is the report’s call for $100 billion in defense cuts. Fortunately, the American people have a strong ally in presumptive-House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA). McKeon released a statement last week promising:

    America remains a nation at war. More than 150,000 of our sons and daughters are deployed around the globe in the fight against Al Qaeda and its terrorist allies. The top priority of the Armed Services Committee will be to provide those brave fighters the resources and support they need to succeed in their missions and return home safely.

    McKeon also promised that the fiscal 2011 defense authorization bill would “not weighed down by the current majority’s social agenda items.”

    A fierce no-nonesense advocate like McKeon is just what are military needs to fix the mismatch between what we ask them to do and the resources we give them to do it.

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    5 Responses to Social Policy Out, Defense Priorities In at Armed Services Committee

    1. g says:

      Looking good – lets see if they can stick to that!

    2. Dinah Garrison Fairb says:

      Of course everyone says "Don't cut this or that!" However, according to the constitution, the main responsibility of the Federal government is defense. Our military is at war on several fronts and even still standing ground in South Korea. Several countries, most of which are less than stable, are determined to add atomic weapons to their collections. Our hardware used now is getting very old. Not just behind times but less reliable. Our enemies are spending much of their budgets to upgrade and have been for years. How can we consider cutting anything from our military budget? There are many things that have been added to our spending in the last 30 to 40 years that we had no need for before. Cut some of those. Government, pay attention to your primary responsibility.

    3. Larry IL says:

      As a 10 year Navy Vet this is exactly what we need, a no nonsense, let the military do its job and give them the resources to do that effectively and safely.

      Let’s get it done and make the country safe for the future generations.

      This social agenda garbage does not belong in the military. Political correctness does not belong in the military. When bullets are flying at you “there ain’t no room for politics” because it will not save you.

    4. Dennis Georgia says:

      Yes we owe those that fight for our freedom, they need the best equipment that can be provided. I hope the cuts that need to be made do not come from this country's defense program.

    5. R Holland, Chandler, says:

      Sit and watch the lame duck congress pass a social policy that will increase the leadership burden on our military.

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