Congressmen Ron Paul and Barney Frank Call For Cuts in Military Spending
In an announcement on the Huffington Post Congressmen Ron Paul (R-TX) and Barney Frank (D-MA) called on congress to make drastic cuts in Military Spending. The Representatives argue that the $693 billion Pentagon budget is bloated and if cuts are not made the spending will result in "substantial damage to the economy and dramatically reduce our quality of life."
Paul and Frank say they are not talking about cutting funding to troops in the field or cutting funds needed to combat terrorism, rather, they are calling for a systematic approach to reduce long term military spending. In addition, Paul and Frank have called for swift exits from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Congressmen say they are working to gain support from other members of congress and they have assembled a task force to reduce the largest line item of discretionary spending which currently accounts for 42% of total spending. The pair have plans to reduce Pentagon spending by $1 trillion over a period of 10 years.
With enemies, both within and without, is now the time to signal to the rest of the world that we want to reduce the size of the Pentagon? On the other hand, will a reduction in military spending ease the burden on already over-taxed Americans?