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Sequestration and DoD – A common sense solution to a possible national security nightmare

posted at 11:33 am on January 25, 2012 by

The DoD is presently working through a half trillion dollars in budget cuts mandated by Barack Obama which is going to see a much weaker military despite what any of the madly spinning politicians claim.

But the real meat axe is hanging just over the horizon in what is known as “sequestration” cuts, i.e. cuts which will be made across the board because the debit committee was unable to reach a deal on the cuts in the budget (by the way, Harry Reid, it’s now been 1001 days since you, Mr. Majority Leader, passed a budget out of the Senate) for the future.   That would mean an additional half trillion in cuts to DoD, the result of which, would simply be disastrous to our national security.

Here, in this video, a group of Republican House Armed Services Committee members make a pitch for a common sense solution that would absorb the need for those sequestration cuts.  In short, cut the Federal workforce by 10% – but do it over time and strictly through attrition.

Someone, anyone, tell me we couldn’t get along without 10% of the Federal workforce.

Of course the phrase “common sense” dooms it to failure.

Just watch.

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Of course Bruce, it’s ridiculous to suggest that we couldn’t live just fine with a 10% reduction in the Federal workforce.

But we could live very nicely with a 50% reduction in the Federal workforce.

And if we stopped giving money to NGO’s, non-profits, etc (like MALDEF, Acorn (in its many and varied incarnations) and a bunch of other things, we’d all be a lot better off. Giving money to activist groups who use that money to sue the Federal and State governments thereby incurring costs and causing bureaucratic gridlock, is just not in the national interest.

One of the problems, is you “Beltway Boys” always tiptoe around the problem instead of dealing with it head-on. With an average salary of $126,000, twice the average civilian salary, we need to dump Federal employees and the groups that just suckle the Federal budget.

If a bureaucrat expands the scope of his department or agency, they expand their paycheck. This is exactly the WRONG incentive. They should be encouraged to do their job more efficiently, that is more measurable output for fewer dollars.

CrazyGene on January 25, 2012 at 1:20 PM

I’ll watch this later today when I have a little more time. But thanks, Bruce, for the reminder of the “sequestration” sword of Damocles hanging over DOD. I’m very sure most people don’t realize that that represents an additional $500B in cuts.

J.E. Dyer on January 25, 2012 at 1:23 PM

I’d cut 50% of the federal work force as a start and entire departments would vanish. The primary duty of the federal government is defense. If every federal job was given a basic test of Constitutionality, it would probably cut more like 80-85% of the federal work force.

Elric on January 25, 2012 at 2:08 PM