The United States military is the only place progressives can find to cut the budget. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s proposed budget would shrink the military to pre-World War II size.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will reportedly propose a Pentagon budget that will shrink the U.S. Army to its smallest number since 1940 and eliminate an entire class of Air Force attack jets.
The New York Times reported late Sunday that Hagel’s proposal, which will be released to lawmakers and the public on Monday, will call for a reduction in size of the military that will leave it capable of waging war, but unable to carry out protracted occupations of foreign territory, as in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Under Hagel’s plan, the number of troops in the Army will drop to between 440,000 and 450,000, a reduction of at least 120,000 soldiers from its post-Sept.11 peak.
He also proposed reducing the housing allowance, limiting pay raises and increasing health care premiums. Why don’t these bureaucrats ever propose increasing what public employees pay for their health insurance? Oh yeah, I forgot, they would never do anything to upset the public employee unions