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    Re: Eric Cantor floats year-end trigger bargain

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    I'm good with cuts to defense. They are a part of the automatic cuts right?
    Yes, half of the cuts are supposed to come from military spending.
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    Re: Eric Cantor floats year-end trigger bargain

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    Yes, half of the cuts are supposed to come from military spending.
    So we agree.

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    Re: Eric Cantor floats year-end trigger bargain

    Quote Originally Posted by 1Perry View Post
    So we agree.
    We definitely agree on cuts in military spending, I am concerned though in what cuts they might make in education.
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    Re: Eric Cantor floats year-end trigger bargain

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    We definitely agree on cuts in military spending, I am concerned though in what cuts they might make in education.
    I believe cuts can be made that do not cut programs. We unfortunately might find where programs get cut though because someone decides to keep a program they are personally benefitting from that is completely unneeded though.

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    Re: Eric Cantor floats year-end trigger bargain

    Quote Originally Posted by 1Perry View Post
    I'm good with cuts to defense. They are a part of the automatic cuts right?
    I am only good with cuts to defense if they in no way hurt the personel in all the branchs...and what ive read and heard from military professionals...is that it will hurt readiness...and thats that for me..Politicians opinion mean nothing to me...

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    Re: Eric Cantor floats year-end trigger bargain

    Quote Originally Posted by 1Perry View Post
    I believe cuts can be made that do not cut programs. We unfortunately might find where programs get cut though because someone decides to keep a program they are personally benefitting from that is completely unneeded though.
    I will be keenly interested to see how they proceed towards those cuts. I am all in favor of cutting true waste, but not vital programs necessary for our future competitiveness.
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    Re: Eric Cantor floats year-end trigger bargain

    Quote Originally Posted by Catawba View Post
    I will be keenly interested to see how they proceed towards those cuts. I am all in favor of cutting true waste, but not vital programs necessary for our future competitiveness.
    I don't really disagree with this in principle. We may disagree on vital but I would certain start with waste, overlapping programs and such and then see where we were at.

    As I note though, there are a lot of people with a lot of pull that rely on this waste.

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    Re: Eric Cantor floats year-end trigger bargain

    Quote Originally Posted by lpast View Post
    I am only good with cuts to defense if they in no way hurt the personel in all the branchs...and what ive read and heard from military professionals...is that it will hurt readiness...and thats that for me..Politicians opinion mean nothing to me...
    I would agree not to cut personnel pay or benefits, I don't think it will be that hard. We are only talking about $600 billion over ten years. That's just $60 billion a year from a military budget that was doubled for the last decade to $700 billion a year.
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    Re: Eric Cantor floats year-end trigger bargain

    Quote Originally Posted by 1Perry View Post
    I don't really disagree with this in principle. We may disagree on vital but I would certain start with waste, overlapping programs and such and then see where we were at.

    As I note though, there are a lot of people with a lot of pull that rely on this waste.

    There is a lot more in the military/industrial complex since we spend so much more there.
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    Re: Eric Cantor floats year-end trigger bargain

    Quote Originally Posted by Catawba View Post
    I would agree not to cut personnel pay or benefits, I don't think it will be that hard. We are only talking about $600 billion over ten years. That's just $60 billion a year from a military budget that was doubled for the last decade to $700 billion a year.
    These automatic cuts are just a start. We are going to have to cut more than this to get to a sustainable level. Yes, ignoring so much waste and fraud for so many years is going to cause some pain.

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