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  • A Constitutional Obligation of the Federal Government

    Representative Howard “Buck” McKeon (R–CA), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, spoke last week at the Reagan Library on national security and the declining defense budget. He expressed his concerns and strategies to address the current state of our armed forces, specifically the effects that budget cuts will have on U.S. troops.

    McKeon painted a clear picture of the significance of the proposed troop reduction: “Instead of coming home to ticker tapes, these brave men and women will come home to pink slips. Instead of marching in victory parades, they will stand in unemployment lines. That is shameful.” The announced reduction of over 100,000 military personnel means that our veterans will come home to find that the nation that asked them to sacrifice their lives for its defense is no longer interested in their services. These cuts will affect not just the men and women in uniform but everyone associated with them, from families to local communities.

    McKeon explained that defense should not be short-changed in order to create more room for domestic spending. He further pointed out that the national security budget has been cut down to the bone, far past the fat and the muscle, and has contributed mightily to deficit reduction. Defense spending represents less than 20 percent of the federal budget but has been responsible for more than half the spending cuts—an equation that does not correspond to the priorities of the federal government as envisioned by our Founders.

    McKeon outlined a three-pillared philosophy to address the current state of our military: (1) resolve sequestration, (2) reverse massive defense cuts, and (3) restore and rebuild America’s military.

    These are sound and prudent steps that will help ensure that the U.S. Armed Forces can adequately protect America.

    Fred Ferreira is a member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. For more information on interning at Heritage, please visit: http://www.heritage.org/about/departments/ylp.cfm

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    4 Responses to A Constitutional Obligation of the Federal Government

    1. Rusty Shackleford says:

      Not to be the wet blanket, but kinda the same thing happened after wwII. A lot of soldiers were mustered out due to the fact we had no more open conflict with anyone, the war was won. For the most part this war is won too, though our over all enemy isn't gone they have been beaten back for the time being. It would make sense to dial down the size of our military now, and let our troops get some much needed off time.

      I know my brother is happy to be out of the military back home with his kids, working and going to school. He just wanted to fight for his country not make a career out of it.

    2. SAC_Crewdog says:

      Imagine the damage the man in the white house will do if he manages to get a second term. Please, let's not allow that to happen.

    3. melanie says:

      The government is doing so many jobs that it was not intended to do, that it is not doing properly the job it is supose to do .The constitution is the LAW of the land (USA).It was set up to servce and protect the PEOPLE of the USA.Because of this our Armed Forces have been put on the back burner of its agenda.We the People have been so loaded down with rules we can not live our lives freely under the constitution as we are supose to be able to.Uncle Sam is getting FAT while the people are becoming slaves to his rules. Somehow over the years the people have been betrayed by the very people in government who were to work to keep us free and put under the boot heel of RULESand REGULATIONS and the Armed Forces are becoming a weapon of politics to stur up emotions for VOTES.–The only way to undo this is to make the study of the consitution a priority again in schools and broadcast it everywere for ALL to see and read and have people read ti ALOUD so everyone hears it. PRIDE of country does more to boost the work force then taxes ever will. Give us PRIDE and we will run not walk forward into the breach.

    4. Rob says:

      The role of the government is to defend and protect the Constitution.

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