The sequestration cuts to the armed forces don’t really address the problem of wasteful Defense Department spending. In fact, The Heritage Foundation’s Baker Spring explains that the indiscriminate cuts “will result in the loss of military capabilities” while doing little to curb waste.
There is a lot of waste and inefficiency in the military, and Heritage recently outlined $70 billion in annual savings. But that’s not how the sequester or the Obama administration’s proposals work.
“Of the Obama Administration’s $259 billion in cuts in its five-year defense budget reduction proposal—which does not include sequestration—only $60 billion would come from eliminating waste and inefficiency,” Spring writes.
These cuts would limit our nation’s military capabilities, leaving the country vulnerable, while doing little to address genuine waste.
There is another way, Spring explains. The Heritage Foundation’s Saving the American Dream plan would balance the budget in ten years and
maintain sufficient funding levels for defense—well in excess of the existing Obama Administration proposal, let alone sequestration levels—in order to restore necessary U.S. military capabilities.
Saving the American Dream is the best way to maintain a strong defense and a strong nation. So the next time you are told that a strong defense is incompatible with fiscal responsibility, think again. The Heritage Foundation has a way to make it happen.
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