Congress in Wonderland
By Gerd Schroeder
Why is the Constitutionally-required mandate, funding the national defense, always the first to be cut back, while virtually every other governmental program grows unchecked? The American people have to decide what their priories are: national defense or entitlements.
According to the vote that just came out of the House of Representatives, defense funding is not a constitutionally mandated requirement; instead, they view the military budget as a cookie jar, to be raided at will by politicians looking to buy votes. Confused politicians will fight tooth and nail for the entitlements that they use to buy votes; but in their one, enumerated, single most important constitutional duty, "provide for the common defense", they view national defense as nothing more than a suggestion.
On the 17th of May, Congress, in a 397 to 27 vote, has forced the military to cut $32.1 billion from its budget over the next five years. The biggest hit is aimed at the Army, which is currently shouldering most of the burden in the war. One may think that this is acceptable reduction of an annual budget of roughly $538.5 billion (including the $100 billon being withheld by Congress).
However the real question is why the military is being forced to cut back in a time of war?