Trump must slay the ‘sacred cow’ of the budget: Defense spending

DF-ST-87-06962 The Pentagon, headquarters of the Department of Defense. DoD photo by Master Sgt. Ken Hammond, U.S. Air Force.

Sharpen the knives and get to it. It is WAY past time.

The Pentagon is filled to the gills with cronies and crony capitalism. And Republicans have encouraged this “waste and abuse” – this is the kind way of saying it, and it is on a massive scale – for too long. Do the right thing for once Congress. CUT SPENDING especially on the military civilian bureaucracy which is a taxpayer funded gravy train if there ever was one.

(From The Washington Examiner)

Fully one-quarter of the defense budget was spent on overhead, an alarming finding. More than 1 million people are Defense Department bureuacrats, compared to the 1.3 million active troops on duty.

The revelation couldn’t come at a better time. Trump has a golden opportunity to set the tone for his administration by taking the bloated bull of the Pentagon by its horns in his first 100 days. His Twitter feed has already picked up on the debacle. Even before these revelations, the Pentagon’s $573 billion budget was already cause for raised eyebrows: China spent $145 billion last year to maintain its forces, and Russia spent just $40 billion.

In many ways, the new Trump administration provides an opportunity to slay a sacred cow: While the Republican establishment has spent years protecting defense funding from Democratic cuts, much of this wasteful spending steals from military readiness.

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