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    Sen.-elect Paul: GOP must consider military cuts

    WASHINGTON Republican Sen.-elect Rand Paul says GOP lawmakers must be open to cutting military spending as Congress tries to reduce government spending.


    The tea party favorite from Kentucky says compromise with Democrats over where to cut spending must include the military as well as social programs. Paul says all government spending must be "on the table."
    Not a very popular position to take, but you know what? I completely agree with him. The defense lobby is going to go nuts over this, but Rand Paul knows the obvious - Our defense spending is equal to that of the next 27 nations combined, and that, my friends, is ridiculous.

    Yes, put defense spending on the table, and give that group of corporate welfare queens a kick in the nuts too.

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    Re: Sen.-elect Paul: GOP must consider military cuts

    I totally agree, there's so much wasted money in the DoD. I'd go into details from my personal experience but quite honestly I wouldnt be completely comfortable with that.

    But needless to say many DoD jobs and military bases are created or kept open long after their usefulness because they bring money and jobs to areas belonging to powerful Congressmen or Senators.

    Also there's a whole lot of "Next-war-itis" that goes into the DoD. The F-22 program is a perfect example of this, its something which has no application in Iraq or Afghanitan and has in fact never been used in wartime but its been in developed and/or application for almost 2 decades, one of those decades being war years. But its something people say we may need for the "next-war" of course thats just an assumption as to what the next war will be. While its nice to be prepared, there's only so much money can afford.

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    I was wondering how far the apple fell from the tree

    I expect a massive backlash towards Rand Paul from this statement
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    Re: Sen.-elect Paul: GOP must consider military cuts

    This has as much chance as Alan Grayson being elected the next Speaker of the House.

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    The Pauls are simply the gift that keeps on giving.
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    Re: Sen.-elect Paul: GOP must consider military cuts

    and we have many more years of that gift.

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    Re: Sen.-elect Paul: GOP must consider military cuts

    After the defense cuts take place, our troops will find themselves embroiled in a protracted conflict and lack equipment. Then what?

    The reality of defense cuts, is that the cuts start at the bottom and go up. Which means that Sgt. Joe, his wife and three kids aren't going to be able to get quarters on post, because of the cuts and, because of the cuts, his BAQ (basic allowance for quarters) will get cut. Combat arms troops won't be able to conduct as much live fire training, which will deny them the realistic training they need to be able to transition onto an actual battlefield. Specialized training will be cut back, meaning that fewer soldiers will be qualified outside their primary MOS.

    Training, is the first thing that suffers when cuts are made to the defense budget.
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    Re: Sen.-elect Paul: GOP must consider military cuts

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Not a very popular position to take, but you know what? I completely agree with him. The defense lobby is going to go nuts over this, but Rand Paul knows the obvious - Our defense spending is equal to that of the next 27 nations combined, and that, my friends, is ridiculous.

    Yes, put defense spending on the table, and give that group of corporate welfare queens a kick in the nuts too.

    Article is here.
    Yeah, of course. That'll offend everyone on a bipartisan basis. I am so sure that our government could simply start by cutting our military budget by 15% and demanding accountability for the various departments involved. Easy-peasy. Then go line-by-line and cut some more.

    However, until we are ready to tackle entitlements, we're still skrood.
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    Re: Sen.-elect Paul: GOP must consider military cuts

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    and we have many more years of that gift.
    It's insane because there are people who think that the ideas proposed by these guys are sensible. I mean the military is probably the 2nd or 3rd biggest social program the United States has. Congress not only signs military paychecks, it signs bills for military housing, financial aid for colleges, food aid for thousands of members.

    Neither Democrats nor Republicans can afford to say that they're going to cut any of the benefits to being in the military off. The political backlash would be insane and it's not just from old cats like Navy Pride. It would be from all sides, the millions of families who are dependent on the many benefits members of the military get would go looking to lynch their local representatives.

    Yeah Paul, keep this line up. It's sure to make you a one term Senator.
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    Re: Sen.-elect Paul: GOP must consider military cuts

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    After the defense cuts take place, our troops will find themselves embroiled in a protracted conflict and lack equipment. Then what?

    The reality of defense cuts, is that the cuts start at the bottom and go up. Which means that Sgt. Joe, his wife and three kids aren't going to be able to get quarters on post, because of the cuts and, because of the cuts, his BAQ (basic allowance for quarters) will get cut. Combat arms troops won't be able to conduct as much live fire training, which will deny them the realistic training they need to be able to transition onto an actual battlefield. Specialized training will be cut back, meaning that fewer soldiers will be qualified outside their primary MOS.

    Training, is the first thing that suffers when cuts are made to the defense budget.
    Sometimes, but no one is yet suggesting that be the case. I'm talking things like the F-22 program. You don't have to worry about training, the Army is all about modularity these days and soldiers always gets chances for training allowing them to serve outside their primary MOS. Its almost a requirement for promotion beyond SSG now.

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