Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Defending America vs. Economic "Stimulus"

Since I heard Secretary of Defense Robert Gates hint yesterday about budget cuts at the Pentagon, I've wanted to write about how silly it seems to make major cuts in defense programs while looking for places to spend billions of dollars in economic stimulus money.

Lucky for me, James Carafano of the Heritage Foundation has already done it for me . . .

"Gates wailed he’ll have to make “hard choices” on weapons spending. Since he rightly points out five Pentagon programs “account for half of total cost growth in weapons spending,” we can guess where the axe will fall. This, however, is a bad “hard choice”…short cut defense to pay for seeding the Mall in DC and subsidizing Hollywood films (yes…both in stimulus package)…and yes…the defense jobs that will be cut will be here in the US….so yes you got that right…we are going to layoff high-skilled engineers to spend hundred-of-thousands of dollars to hire gardeners. There is a better way…slash back the spending and social engineering in the bill and add the kinds of tax cuts that will really boost economic growth, the best recommendation I’ve heard is to reduce the corporate taxes by 10 percent…and by the way—don’t cut the defense budget. The world may or may not get richer in the next few years….it is not likely to get less dangerous."


Dameon said...

Excellent comentaries.

They fail to realize that what pulled the United States out of the Great Depression was not The New Deal or all the entitlement programs that came along with it, but, (drum roll please) defense spending - World War II

Latinmassgirl said...

Maybe if they would cut the non-stimulus pork out of the package, then they would have the money.

Several billion is going to ACORN, hiding under the name, Neighborhood (something or other).

Anonymous said...

I just heard today on Rush Limbaugh that the phony "stimulus" package also includes giving 500-$1,000 of "tax relief" (welfare) to ILLEGAL aliens as well!!! Now that is immoral and would make 98% of Americans mad if they knew about it.