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Sen.-elect Paul: GOP must consider military cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen.-elect Rand Paul says GOP lawmakers must be open to cutting military spending as Congress tries to reduce government spending.

The tea party favorite from Kentucky says compromise with Democrats over where to cut spending must include the military as well as social programs. Paul says all government spending must be “on the table.”

Paul tells ABC’s “This Week” that he supports a constitutional amendment calling for a balanced budget.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen.-elect Rand Paul says GOP lawmakers must be open to cutting military spending as Congress tries to reduce government spending.

The tea party favorite from Kentucky says compromise with Democrats over where to cut spending must include the military as well as social programs. Paul says all government spending must be “on the table.”

Paul tells ABC’s “This Week” that he supports are a constitutional amendment calling for a balanced budget.

  • 3punch4

    So people posting here fail to view the flip side to this debate. “Our military needs to be well equipped at all times because they alone are the very firewall of our freedom and preventing foreign attacks through deterrence.”
    True… BUT, proponents of inefficient military spending one example: UAV’s are so advanced they can effect a ‘dog fight’ and engage a PILOTED jet fighter in an aerial combat scenario and shoot down human pilot . THIS IS A LIE like so many examples when the military engages in this type of propaganda behavior this does a dis-service to our military and puts our troops in danger. All because industry want to promote and sell their systems at high public cash cost and accidents costing human life. What American military needs is proven systems that work under combat scenarios and leave the ‘marketing hype’ for air shows and financial magazines.

  • oldguy5

    I think we should cut the military as well. In todays world we could have soldiers where they were needed within 24 hours in most cases.

    I don’t see the need for soldiers all over the world anymore. After WW2 they were put there to make sure there was no re-occurence of war. Now, its safe to say in most places that has not happened and we should remove our troops.

    Lets just be careful from where, and how many we remove. But I am sure there is room in this area to make cuts.

    Oh, and by the way, just because the cut may be small is not a reason to not do it. Many small cuts will add up. Cuts in military funding, NPR funding, PBS funding etc. etc. will add up.

  • baal

    There are some areas of defense we can cut. Japan and Europe can pick up a lot of the slack for defending themselves. We may not end up with a net cut, but garrisoning Europe…those costs could go a long way towards paying for some F-22s and a real space program.

    And while I’m at it:We need to stop re-inventing the damn wheel. We need to stop any attempts to scrap Abrams, Bradleys, Pattons, Gavins etc. Yes, these might be the tools of yesterdays wars but it isn’t going to hurt anyone to take them out to Davis Monthan and let them sit. You never know when your counter insurgency based military is going to need to fight some serious bad guys.

    …And any attempt to scrap the B-52? Insanity.

  • loudog

    Have to agree with Paul. We spend over a trillion dollars/yr on “defense related” spending to support nuclear weapons and over 700 military installations around the world. Our nearest competitors, the Chinese spend around 80 billion, the Russians around 50 billion. This is ,of course, all borrowed money since we’re a debtor nation.

    Even though we’re bringing active duty military out of Iraq, they’re being replaced with an army of government paid contractors.

  • sanjay

    Paul wants to cut empire not defense. Empire is more than half of military spending. And we should cut the empire.

    Too long we have been paying for judeo marxist wars around the globe and now we are bankrupt.

    We should balance our budget by bringing back the troops.

    • NC Boy

      “judeo marxist” – Just what we need, another conspiracy theory.

    • thephranc

      Why do you hate jews so much stormfront sanjay?

  • rick013

    How about we start with subsidies and foreign aid. From there we clean up the fraud and corruption within Social Security, medicare, and medicaid.

    • NC Boy

      That’s the old way, which has gotten us into all this trouble. Anyone who has been in a struggling business knows that waste creeps into every area. When it is dealt with, the business doesn’t just survive, it thrives.

  • Offensive Bias

    Why cut the military? The average age of our modern fighter jets is 24 years. The ABRAMS was designed in the 70′s, as well as the majority of our equipment is so old that upkeep is too costly.

    I do NOT agree with this proposal at all because it won’t make a difference to the national debt. Our military needs to be well equipped at all times because they alone are the very firewall of our freedom and preventing foreign attacks through deterrence.

    Think we will save money by cutting the military however to rebuild will cost many times more so think before you leap on this is issue.

    We didn’t garner this run away debt by military expenses but through social programs. Compare the military budget to Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid alone. The military budget makes up about 15-20% of the budget so why call in the bean counters?

    Oh, and the B-52 Bomber that we still use? The last one built was in 1961. Keep our troops well equipped to take any threat AND keep them safe from old/obsolete platforms where age takes a toll on safety.

    In the last 60 years the US had closed hundreds of bases. Our Strategic bomber fleet use to be over 3,000 bombers now it’s less then 200(B-1,B-2 and B-52) The navy had almost a 600 ship force in the 80′s but it’s numbers are 2/3 of that and their commitment is high as ever…talk about stress on them and their families.

    So to sum it up, The military should not have to take the punishment of further cuts because of Congress’s irresponsible spending on social programs and bribery. The military personal have put their lives on the line and will continue to do so, so keep them provided for.

    Freedom isn’t free.

    • flangegpp

      You don’t even know what’s being proposed. Why are we paying for Europe, Japan and Korea’s defense? Shouldn’t waste be looked into? As important as the military is, it has a large bureaucracy, and that means a lot of waste. Your right freedom isn’t free, but it is if your European, Japanese or Korean. Suggesting cuts is not the same thing as saying we should become weak, or endanger our troops. There obsolete bases or weapons systems that we pay for just to keep Congress critters happy, not because they are needed.

      • Offensive Bias

        Well then none of us knows what’s proposed.

        As far as over seas bases, I support closing them down BUT when it comes time to have basing rights if needed, we’ll have to start from scratch to acquire where as keeping it open saves the trouble. However, I highly doubt losing some bases in Europe has any strategic disadvantage.

        If we close more bases over seas then we MUST rely on our Navy more so more carrier battle groups will be needed which I don’t have a problem with. Remember for every action there is re-action and when it comes to national security we don’t want to make the wrong move that could take years to correct.

        A note, to close a base is WAY more then expensive then keeping it open. The costs to close surpasses keeping the base open and operating 5-10 years. Sounds like keeping the base open is a better ideal. I been at a couple of closure bases, one of them I stayed until the end (Loring AFB).

        I’m all for bureaucracies to be cut but the federal Gov’s dwarfs everything else. Once we start there we will be impressed with how much money will be saved along with more freedom to benefit from it.

  • Momma M

    We’re certainly going to have to take a long hard look at ALL options. The military should not be left untouched. My daughter is currently at Ft Benning, her husband is army (Airborn Ranger) and the amount of waste in the housing area alone is staggering!

    ALL areas currently receiving public funds MUST address fraud/waste/abuse! This should be top priority through-out our government..

  • NC Boy

    I agree; and I hope all Conservatives will join in supporting the “everything is on the table” strategy. A good place to start for the military would be to inform our “allies” in Europe that we will no longer continue to subsidize their defense so they should increase their militaries, as needed. We should develop a 5 year foreign base closing plan and bring our troops back to American bases where their support will be much less expensive and will provide jobs for Americans.

  • southernandproud

    Newly elected congressional folks can start by setting an example. Freezing your pay raises and/or cutting your salary would be a good start. We never see Congress willing to take a cut in their pay. Step up!

    • Momma M

      The congressional pay scale most certainly needs to be addressed… But that may take a few months.. How about the $604,000 congress spent on bottled water in under a year? How about the catered food – pizzas and sandwiches- bought with OUR money?

      We have water-fountains in every hallway… They make a decent salary… They can buy their own water if “tap” isn’t good enough for them… Pack your lunch, boys and girls – Bring a thermos… You’re here to WORK not be catered to !

      • The_anniebanannie

        Just cutting out Pelosi’s booze bill every month would pay for the salaries of many staffers.