On his show today Ed Schultz reacted to a promise by some Republican leader to cut the farm bill as a way of “attacking deficit spending,” as if this would be a meaningful way to cut spending, and Ed was describing the effect this would have in what are usually red states. But he fails to realize that the real elephant in the room is the defense budget.
I listen to a lot of political commentary on MSNBC and am a prolific reader, but I never hear anyone, except for Andrew Bacevich, talk about and question the huge military/defense establishment we maintain.
On 60 minutes last Sunday David Stockman described the Republicans as demagogues by insinuating that promising to cut $100 billion amounts to a real deficit reduction plan. Yet not even he mentioned the huge percentage that defense takes up in the Federal budget. The defense budget takes up about 35% of the Federal budget!!
Why is it that no leader, commentator or politician, has the courage to address this and speak truth to power? Where is the Cold War peace dividend? Why are we in a state of permanent war? Why do we need 12 aircraft carrier battle groups; to fight men in turbans and sandals? Does no one see the absurdity? As Bacevich says: “The big lies are the truths that remain unspoken.”