I know that nobody pays any attention to Jeff Gannon these days (unless you’ve got a fistful of twenties and a hankering for a little boot-camp lovin’) but it is fun to notice that, while still a whore, he hasn’t learned any new tricks:
Dems Move to Cut Defense Budget
No matter what they say about supporting the troops, protecting America and fighting terrorism, eventually Democrats revert to type. The Hill reports on House Democrats proposing a $60 billion cut in defense spending.
Democrats employed the same strategy in 1975 when they voted to withdraw funding for military operations in Southeast Asia. This appears to be the beginning of a similar move to ensure America’s defeat in Iraq.
From the linked article:
In its latest move to draw attention to liberal ideas, the Congressional Progressive Caucus will introduce a plan today to divert $60 billion in defense spending to humanitarian assistance, social programs, energy conservation, homeland security and deficit reduction.
Leaders of the caucus argue that the military funding goes to unnecessary Cold War-era programs and could be spent better elsewhere.
â€œI think itâ€™s time for Congress and the House to talk about the huge amount of tax dollars going for weapons systems designed to fight a Cold War that doesnâ€™t exist,â€ said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), co-chairwoman of the 62-member Democratic group. â€œI donâ€™t think people realize the billions of dollars that are being wasted.â€
The plan, dubbed the Common Sense Budget Act, would direct savings in military spending toward humanitarian assistance and food aid ($13 billion), modernizing public schools ($10 billion), providing health insurance to uninsured children ($10 billion), energy conservation ($10 billion), training unemployed workers ($5 billion), homeland security ($5 billion), deficit reduction ($5 billion) and medical research ($2 billion).
â€œWeâ€™re talking about taking 60 billion away from defense programs we donâ€™t even use. To me, that looks like Democrats are making sense,â€ she said. â€œIf all you do around here is fear that itâ€™s going to look like something you shouldnâ€™t look like rather than something you should look like, then youâ€™re wasting your time.â€
â€œWe can invest in our children and invest in the security of our country,â€ she added.
The large amount allocated for humanitarian assistance could be used in such places as the Darfur region of Sudan, Woolsey said. Pelosi and other House Democrats recently met with the Save Darfur Coalition, a group of religious and humanitarian groups.
The savings in defense spending in the progressivesâ€™ plan would come from cutting programs dealing with the F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft, the Virginia Class attack submarine, the DD(X) destroyer, the V-22 Osprey aircraft, the C-130 J transport aircraft and all offensive space-based weapon systems. It would trim programs such as the tri-service F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the Armyâ€™s Future Combat System.
Because nothing will “ensure America’s defeat in Iraq” like withdrawing money from the the Virginia Class attack submarine and the DD(X) destroyer leaving us defenseless at the hands of the Sadr Submarine command.
Periscope up. Gannon going down.