A new paper from the folks at The R Street Institute and The National Taxpayer’s Union, 2 pretty solidly conservative to libertarian thought leaders.
Defense isn’t a black hole which conservatives can continue to throw money down and feel OK about it. The military is expensive and conservatives need to come terms with this. (Many are thankfully.)
Wars, contrary to what Keynesian (mostly liberal) economists will tell you, drain the economy. For the most part war is a poor use of resources, at least the kind of wars this country has been engaged in as of late.
The Pentagon needs to be cut just like the rest of government needs to be cut, and in a big way. Sequestration, for all the gnashing of teeth is a tiny part of what needs to happen in coming years. The military must have a smaller footprint and soon.
(From the paper)
“Conservatives should insist that defense spending be examined with the same seriousness that we demand in examining the books of those government agencies that spend taxpayer money in the name of welfare, the environment, or education. We laugh at liberals who declare that their favorite spending programs should be exempt because the spending is for a noble cause.” – Grover Norquist