Dec 17, 2013
On the eve of another deadline, Capitol Hill reached a budget deal that would return the government to regular order. House Budget chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Budget chair Patty Murray negotiated a deal that essentially kicks the can down the road and restored military spending currently under sequester.
Watch San Diego 6 News segment here: Budget Losers
While both sides are touting a $23 billion cut in the deficit, the two-year budget would increase spending by $85 billion. And the no new taxes pledge comes at the expense of military retirees who will see lower cost of living increases, new fees added to Medicare providers and the doubling of air travel fees.
“If you take a flight you may already see the security fee added to your ticket– $2.50 for one way and $5 for round trip. The new proposed fee would jack that up to $5.60 one-way and $11.20 round trip,” According to a CNN report.
“The bottom line according to the Congressional Budget Office is that this deal is going to generate $13.4 billion dollars over the next 10 years.”
While this may seem like a small number, taxpayers should keep in mind the U.S. government is currently pleading with Afghanistan President Karzai to take $8 billion in U.S. aid next year.
Others in the military believe the Pentagon can make additional spending cuts that would not only streamline the Armed Services, but the reorganization would leave the US with a more stealthy fighting program.
“Last month, a group of retired senior-ranking officers argued before a packed audience at the Capitol Hill Club that despite the near certainty of shrinking military budgets, there are ways to trim the Defense Department’s spending without leaving the armed forces less-than-ready for combat. Their plan, they contend, could reduce the overall size of the military while actually increasing its combat power. And in doing so, it will support Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s call to revamp the military so that it remains sufficiently strong ‘under a cloud of budget restraints and uncertainty,’” said active duty Army Lt Colonel Daniel Davis in New York Times opinion piece.
“Under the auspices of the Mitchell Institute, a nonprofit policy group founded by the Air Force Association, representatives of the Army, Air Force, and Navy presented a reorganization plan called the Macgregor Transformation Model. The plan is named after its architect, Douglas Macgregor, a retired Army colonel who is the author of several books on reorganizing the military and also a decorated combat veteran. Mr. Macgregor says his plan can produce an increase in combat capability, even with smaller budgets.”
Meanwhile this week there are plenty of military lobby groups walking the Senate halls arguing against cuts to the Armed Services.
For more Afghanistan stories:
Part one; http://US troops fight and die to preserve Shariah Law in Afghanistan
Part two; http://US payments to Taliban & Afghan warlords threaten American/NATO troops
Part three; Billion dollar corruption within the U.S.-picked Afghan regime
Part four; http://www.examiner.com/article/terrorism-s-down-payment-the-form-of-drugs-and-u-s-aid-money-part-4
Afghanistan & Mexican drug cartels partner; http://www.examiner.com/article/afghan-heroin-and-mexican-cartels-are-a-recipe-for-disaster
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