By BOB BILLETER
Obama Seeks Smaller Military
Last week Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shocked many of us by calling for big cuts in the budget for our armed forces. If these cuts are approved our armed forces would shrink to the smallest size since before World War II. That is a shocking thought.
He revealed details of a defense spending plan that will be part of the 2015 budget that President Obama will submit to Congress.
Hagel stressed that the changes the administration is proposing entail risk. He said, "We are entering an era where American dominance on the seas, in the skies and in space can no longer be taken for granted." Well if our military dominance is being threatened why on earth is the administration calling for cuts in the military budget that will lead to our country reducing the size of our armed forces? It makes no sense.
The Obama plan calls for changes in military compensation that include smaller pay raises, a slowdown in the growth of tax-free housing allowances and a requirement that retirees and some families of active-duty service members pay a little more in health insurance deductibles and co-pays.
But here is the shocker: The active-duty Army would shrink from 522,000 soldiers to between 440,000 and 450,000. This would give our country the smallest Army since 1940. Also the Army National Guard, The Marine Corps, the Navy and the Air Force would face serious cuts.
It is obvious that Obama and his liberal friends don't believe that a powerful military is in the best interest of our nation. Obama has other priorities. Those of us who are students of history know that this is foolish thinking. When a country reduces the size of its military it sends a signal to the rest of the world that it is becoming a weak nation and will not fight aggression.
What a terrible mistake it is for our country to send such a signal to the Russians, the Chinese, North Korea and the Middle East.
If Obama wants to cut spending why doesn't he cut some of the crazy programs the country is funding. There has not been a society in history that wastes the huge sums of money that this country does every year. Why does Obama want to reduce the size of our military establishment and not cut out this waste? Because wild spending helps the economy, he believes.
More wild spending will help the economy even more, he believes. And of course when we do this our national debt spirals out of control even more. It is all very disgusting.
What would the liberals do if they couldn't spend money we don't have on programs we don't need and ignore the inflation that results and the debt that is threatening our existence as a country?
There is some evidence today that the American people have figured out Obama and that they realize that he is taking the country down the wrong path. I hope this is true. I believe if Obama continues to get his way that our country is flirting with disaster.
For some five years, the American people have seen Obama in operation day after day and polling shows that his popularity has suffered. Will the Democrats be able to convince us that this is foolish thinking as the fall election approaches? It's possible. Conservatives haven't done a good job of showing the country that we are on a dangerous course.