The Inevitable Impossibility

Starting in April, a group of bipartisan legislators joined together to propose a series of cuts to the federal budget totaling $1 trillion.  This group is led by the infamous Barney Frank.  Let’s not discount the man for our feelings on Fannie and Freddie and the Fox News viewpoint that he is solely responsible for the Great Recession.

This is promising and at the same time, an inevitable impossibility.  We will never cut defense spending no matter how close we come.  In any case, here’s what some of the groups proposals are:

• Over $113 billion in savings by reducing the U.S. nuclear arsenal to 1,050 total warheads deployed on 450 land-based missiles and seven Ohio-class submarines;

• Over $200 billion in savings by reducing U.S. routine military presence in Europe and Asia to 100,000 while reducing total uniformed military personnel to 1.3 million;

• Over $138 billion in savings by replacing costly and unworkable weapons systems with more practical, affordable alternatives. Suggested cuts would include the F-35 combat aircraft, the MV-22 Osprey, and the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle.

• Over $60 billion in savings by reforming military health care; and

• Over $100 billion in savings by cutting unnecessary command, support and infrastructure funding.

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