A "sword of Damocles" hangs over America's national defense, in the form of $120 billion spending cuts scheduled for the end of 2012. The cuts will have dire effects on military readiness and equipment, warns a White House report leaked today - and will include $129m slashed from embassy security. Defense officials add that the military would be quite simply "hollowed out" by the cutbacks.
The cuts are part of the "sequester" agreed on in the debt ceiling deal last summer. According to the deal, the only way to avert the sequester is for Congress to cut the debt by $1.2 trillion, by raising taxes and cutting spending.
Everyone hates sequestration because it indiscriminately cuts programs across the board, whereas a plan agreed by Congress could target the cuts to where they'll hurt the least.
Democrats argue that the only way out of the hole is to raise taxes on wealthy Americans. Republicans blame Democrats for cutting the deal on sequestration in the first place.
Most defense programs will be cut by 9.4%, and others will be cut by 10%. Medicare would be cut 2%, and other domestic programs cut up to 8.2%.
Defense cuts in the midst of middle-eastern uprisings against Americans ...and not to mention threats against our soil Wich have always been there but seem more concievable these days ....what is going on in these peoples minds
Am I concerned about the scheduled defense cuts? No. I think we need serious defense cuts and we need to stop being the world's police. But all that is need to stop the cuts is for Congress to do it's job.
The President or anyone else saluting the flag who isn't in uniform spits on the military and hundreds of years of tradition. The traditional thing for civilians to do is put their hand over their heart when the Pledge is being said, or the Anthem is being played (also men and women should remove their hats). So.. BZZZZT! Wrong.
"Take our guns" - Except in Aurora, Colorado, Tuscon, Arizone, Fort Hood, Virginia Tech, New York City, Chicago...
"open the boarders" - I dunno what dissecting renters has to do with anything...
" fund abortions" - Nope, Hyde Amendment still in effect.
"cut defense" Even though each of his budgets has been rejected by Congress it's President Obama's doing that DoD spending has increased.
"president that bows to a Saudi king" - ever met the Queen of England, sweetie? You'd be expected to courtsey, your male escort to bow. Why? Because the sovereignty of a monarchy resides in the monarch, not the citizenry. In a republic like ours that fought a lengthy war against Britain sovereignty lies in the citizens, not the President.
"and refuses to salute the American flag" - "Your flag decal won't get you into Heaven anymore" - John Prine.
@DARSB I agree. Especially in regards to Her Majesty. It's more a sign of respect to other respected people to bow to them, as is the custom in their country/nation. This is the same argument that can be made about whether or not a US official greets citizens in a foreign country in their own tongue, such as Arabic, Spanish, French, Russian, German, Punjab, etc. If you wish for another country to respect yours, you cannot just /expect/ respect. Respect is earned, not given. As the Bible says: "Do unto others as you would have them do to you."
It is very suspect. However, I believe with this cut should come a cut in all foreign aid and our military being there. Bring our military home and stop all this aid and war spending we could be out of debt, self sufficient and able to protect our own.
Borrow something from private industry. Perhaps we could hire the Chinese to defend us. We already owe them so much money they have just as much to loose as we do if we are attacked. Our soldiers won't be hurt, and it would us cost a fraction of the price.
Only if we are concerned about the security of American interests here and abroad. So far I'm not convinced this administration is serious or even has a clue as to what they are really dealing with here.
Ever heard of the saying, Everybody in a fight has a plan that lasts until the first punch. Well, this administrative just took one to the gut. Obama and Hillary are bewildered by the concept that reality doesn't contort itself to fit their ideology. Who knew?
Apparently Egypt, Libya, and the rest of the ME don't really care if his middle name is Hussein. I really hope he wasn't counting on that. Vanity doesn't replace strategy. Too bad this administration has none. I guess we could apologize some more for something we didn't do.....
It's definitely not in the math we learned in school huh? The only way to decrease the Budget and pay bills is to..... reduce the spending on items in the Budget. One of which is the Defense Budget, one of the largest I might add.
@Fishbone345 bull hocky. what about all the pork they all try to attach to legislation that in and by itself might actually do some good. All goverment is so corrupt that they will never do what is best for the people
@marine1 The bill to law process is indeed an unnecessarily complicated process. It needs to seriously die in a fire the way they do things to put through their ideas. That said, the bill process isn't what we are talking about here. The Budget needs to be reduced. That's fact, whether you like it or not.
I didn't expect anything less from the apologizer in chief. Yes it worries me. How much more obvious does oboma have to be with his intentions? Our military has rubber bullets at these embassies. RUBBER. On 9 11. And today. RUBBER BULLETS.
Well, of course, let's just cut our defenseive capabilities way back now while we really need to be strong in our defense. It's not like we're being attacked anywhere or anything. What an idiotic idea. It's not like it can't be canceled and go cut something else way back. Like obama's rides in AF1 and michele's spending and traveling and spending. That'd be half of it there.