Obama's Stealth Defense Cuts

Late last night we asked “Is Obama preparing to cut the defense budget?” All we had to work with at the time were personal observations by some who had seen a Fox News report that the president had asked the Pentagon to slash defense spending by 10%. The story had not yet been posted on the FNC website at that late hour.

But a sharp-eyed RS commenter spotted the story here in the early morning hours. Fox had finally put the story up on it’s website. But FNC is the only one. So far, no mention of it at CNN or MSDNC. There’s a reason for this. When politicians take actions which they know they will take heat for, they always do it on Fridays, after the news cycle has peaked, to minimize media coverage. And it’s working for the administration so far, as this story is still very much off of the media radar screen, save for one short item at Fox News. Obama wants to avoid the inevitable contrast that will be drawn between these cuts and the pork in his unpopular stimulus bill. Not a single House Republican voted for it, and for very good reasons:

Here are just a few of the programs and projects that have been included in the House Democrats’ proposal:

$650 million for digital TV coupons.
$600 million for new cars for the federal government.
$6 billion for colleges/universities – many which have billion dollar endowments.
$50 million in funding for the National Endowment of the Arts.
$44 million for repairs to U.S. Department of Agriculture headquarters.
$200 million for the National Mall, including $21 million for sod.

The plan establishes at least 32 new government programs at a cost of over $136 billion. That means more than a third of this plan’s spending provisions are dedicated to creating new government programs.

Obama wants billions to expand the federal government, billions more for government extravagance, and yet he intends to slash defense by at least $55 Billion. Meanwhile, Russia and China are aggressively expanding their navies with new aircraft carriers, and even though the Russian economy is reeling from low oil and gas prices, the Kremiln’s military budget is now double what it was in 2006. While neither of these countries are yet close to having a military with the ability to project power around the world as the U.S. is able to do, they are working on it. We should not be cutting our military at a time when potential rivals are expanding theirs.

This is all too familiar. Yet another Democrat administration seems determined to weaken our defenses and make our enemies bolder. God help us.

– JP