Sequestration, for those not yet familiar with it, is an automatic process whereby the discretionary portion of the federal budget (but not the mandatory portion, i.e. not entitlements or debt interest) will be significantly and automatically cut – and by far the heaviest cuts, over 60% of the total, will fall on the defense budget.
These are just the most damaging, most crippling of the defense cuts that POGO and TCS have proposed. Implementing them would gut the military and make it unable to counter anti-access/area-denial threats – the most pervasive and ubiquitous threats the US faces today – because TCS and POGO have targeted the very weapons and capabilities needed to counter these threats.
As for Labrador’s claim that among the federal government’s priorities should be helping the needy and funding education, where in the Constitution or the Federalist Papers is this stated? Where does the Constitution say anything about helping the needy or education? Where does the Constitution authorize any welfare spending or foodstamp funding?
So, folks, go time to roll up our sleeves and start campaigning. Call your Senators, send them emails and tweets, and post messages on their Facebook pages. Be firm, yet polite. Convince them to vote against the LOST. Here’s a list of Senators who do not yet oppose the treaty
And the DOD’s genuine strategy from just 2 years ago (when budget circumstances were even worse), the 2010 QDR, is quite different from this pseudostrategy. It called for a much larger and more capable military than this pseudostrategy calls for. Did the world become much safer in the last 2 years? No. Obama decided to cut defense even more deeply.