A non-partisan, free-market organization says it's time to get
real about spending, particularly when it comes to the Department
"The problem is spending,"
says Bill Wilson, president of Americans for Limited Government. "Unless and
until there are real, actual cuts, reductions in expenditure in a
wide range of programs, Medicare, welfare programs, Medicaid and
yes, even defense -- we're never going to get a handle on this
In his new oversight report, "Department of Everything," Senator Tom Coburn
(R-OK) outlines how the Defense Department can save $67.9 billion
over ten years by making specific cuts to "non-defense" defense
spending. Areas include alternative energy ($700 million), grocery
stores ($9 billion), as well as overhead, support and supply
services ($37 million).
"You don't have to be a dove about the United States military to
recognize we need more fiscal hawks in the Pentagon," Pete Sepp of
Taxpayers Union tells OneNewsNow. "There is plenty of wasteful
spending going on in the defense establishment -- things like poor
contracts, lousy oversight of existing projects. But there also
needs to be prioritization of spending."
Just as domestic programs
are handled, Sepp thinks the defense programs need to be examined
to determine which ones the country can live without.
Moreover, making cuts could strengthen the military in some
aspects. According to Sen. Coburn, the $67.9 billion in savings he
cites would pay for one-third of the cost of the planned fleet of
new strategic bombers for the Air Force. It could likewise pay for
one-third of the cost of the fleet of Ohio-class replacement
nuclear submarines for the Navy.
As for the Army, Coburn says just $16 billion over ten years --
about 25 percent of the savings in the report -- could mean robust
funding for modernization or new rifles and light machine guns for