The Elephant Sitting on the Economy While the United States economy falters, a variety of ideas to secure workers and businesses have been put forward. Yet, the issue of the U.S. military, specifically missile defense spending, has received very little attention as a government sector ripe for spending reform.
Budget Priorities and Energy Security No Blood for Oil: a common refrain in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq. Our foreign policy throughout the Middle East is focused on securing the resources to feed our national dependence on oil. The U.S. can no longer justify our over-consumption of fossil fuels - the cost is too high. In order to correct our energy policies we must reform our budget priorities.
Swords or Ploughshares: Empowering Smart Decisions in Difficult Times After World War Two there was a dramatic shift in our national economy. That war was, and continues to be, trumpeted as the way out of the Great Depression. Since then our country has maintained an ever increasing level of military spending as a means of 'stimulating our economy.' After a generation of considering illogical and unnecessary military spending essential to our economic growth, it is no wonder in 2009 the Pentagon budget dwarfs the budgets of many small industrialized countries.
More Fuzzy Math? President Obama made it clear during his campaign for the Presidency that the Pentagonwas not immune to the economic crisis; alluding that major cuts to the military budget were in the works. At the same time he committed to increasing the personnel size of the Army and Marines; continuing the U.S. military presence in Iraq with residual combat forces; and, increasing the military presence in Afghanistan and Pakistan.