Saturday, July 10, 2010

Ron Paul, Ron Wyden, Barney Frank, and me

It's really nice to hear of somebody willing to seriously consider cutting the military budget. The fact that a liberal like Ron Wyden, a conservative like Ron Paul, and a pragmatist like Barney Frank all can support the idea is good news. It would be better, of course, if some of the more conservative (rather than libertarian) conservatives would join in. Attention, Tea Party: please, at least, think about this idea.

Back during the Cold War, it was considered prudent to have at least three separate systems for retaliating against the Soviets in the event of a nuclear attack: land based missiles, submarine based missiles, and the Strategic Air Command. Now, Paul, Wyden, and Frank are suggesting that perhaps just two might be enough, and that getting rid of the third could put a real dent in the budget deficit. Bravo!

Needless to say, we could save even more if the United States gave up its role as the official military force of the world's multinational corporations — but I suppose that just may be a bit too much to ask.