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Military Spending Cuts
Transcript of Military Spending Cuts
It was originally passed as part of the Budget Control Act of 2011. The Sequester was supposed to serve as an incentive for the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to cut $1.5 trillion in 10 years.
Jordyn Boivin Obama's Viewpoints Even though Barack Obama has served as president for the last four years, his re-election means significant changes for the military in the nest coming months, especially in terms of defense spending. In his presidential campaign, Obama promised big increases in military budgets in his next coming years in office. He has planned almost $500 billion in spending reductions for the military over the next decade, calling it a " responsible post-war plan." Obama has said he won’t let the military be decimated by sequestration, but also won’t sacrifice other domestic programs to save the services.
Obama has pledged to trim back the military’s end strength -- the Army by about 70,000, and the Marine Corps by about 18,000, over the next five years. This meaning that over 80,000 military troops will be out of jobs. Obama cutting this many jobs just to save money seems unfair to the 80,000 troops that will be out of a job within the next five years.
Obama has been working on a leaner, quick-response fighting force; one with a smaller footprint in Europe and a larger presence in the Pacific.He thinks by doing this as well as cutting the military so severely, our money will be budgeted better. http://nyti.ms/14CfVpC Public Opinion Military spending has fluctuated throughout the years and so has public opinion. For example:
When President Reagan was in office, he wanted extreme military spending. So much so that he vetoed a $4.2 billion bill because there wasn't enough money going to the military. Before he started quickly giving the military more and more money, the people had sided with him. But unfortunately Reagan moved too far, too fast and scared a lot of the public from increasing military spending. According to a study done by the Center of Public Integrity...
'When Americans look at the amount of defense spending compared to spending on other programs, they see defense as the one that should take a substantial hit to reduce the deficit,' said Steven Kull, director of the Program for Public Consultation (PPC), and the lead developer of the survey. 'Clearly the polarization that you are seeing on the floor of the Congress is not reflective of the American people.'