To most Americans, the term “sequestration” does not mean a whole lot, at least right now, but it should, given the uncertain future facing U.S. national security. Over the next 10 years, because of sequestration, the Pentagon will be forced to absorb $500 billion in budget cuts that will strike at the heart of America’s military. Making this even more dangerous is the fact that the legislation triggering sequestration, the Budget Control Act, also imposed an additional $450 billion in defense budget cuts for a total of nearly $1 trillion of reductions over the next decade.
Comments: Rep. Hunter is a vet. Marine as well as a Congressman. Listen to him.
There are a lot of vets on this site, and every one of them can tell you of massive wastes of money by the military. There is an earlier story about solar panels to cover a runway at pearl. There is the navy and AF going to some dopey environmental fuel that is many times costlier than regular fuel. I've personally seen them throw away almost new furniture to replace it with brand new. I've seen them replace all the lights on a base with energy efficient ones at a cost so high it will never be recovered. I've seen firing range officials waste thousands of rounds of ammo because they had a quota. I was personally told by a major to throw away a brand new $25,000 valve because it didn't have a stock number. Then there is the annual fallout money, wherein huge amounts of money are dumped on the units with orders to spend it within 24 hours. I saw huge industrial air conditioners rusting away in storage compounds because they were bought with this money and never needed. We don't like to think about it, but just as not everyone who wears the uniform is honorable, not every penny spent on defense has anything to do with defense. They can survive the cuts.
I agree,there''s tons of waste in the military because every gov't dept.burns every dime so they get an increase the next year.There's no incentive to give unspent money back to the taxpayers.That's why you simply do across the board cuts and let government managers figure it out like they do in the private sector.
From what I gather from Romney wants to do workforce reduction through attrition and not filling the vacated position. This isn't fast enough for me as government workers hang onto their jobs even way past retirement.Letting a government check go to these people is like cutting off their oxygen supply.
No doubt there is a lot of waste in the military, but $500 billion?! That is insane, and anyone who voted for that should be tarred and feathered.
If it in fact comes to pass, what exactly do you think will be cut? Squiggly light bulbs? Gay pride parades? Womens' bidets on nuclear subs? Get real. It will be F-22 raptors, aircraft carriers, updated nukes, etc. in other words, Obama is unilaterally disarming our military, with not a squeak of objection from our Congress.
Has everyone gone completely mad? How can half the country possibly still want to vote for this madness?
I'm struck by the fact that Budget Control Act also required a $500B cut to entitlement programs. How come there is absolutely no talk whatsoever about these cuts? Is it because the deomonrats want to ensure the $1T cut to the military takes place first, and as a consequence there will be no cuts whatsoever to entitlement programs? That's been the demonrat play book in the past.
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Two years after bandits killed U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, visible progress has finally occurred in the criminal cases and internal investigations that exploded afterward. This week, the straw purchaser of two AK-47-style rifles found at the scene of Terry´s death, west of Rio Rico, was sentenced to almost five years in prison. Jaime Avila Jr. was one of seven defendants from the original Operation Fast and Furious sentenced this week. (snip) Terry´s cousin, Robert Heyer, said the family still sees a lack of accountability among government officials who conducted Operation Fast and Furious
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