Republicans Vote Against Slashing Defense
9:41 AM, Jul 11, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
Politico reports that Republicans are standing up for a strong national defense:
This presents Republican leadership in the House with another reason not to support a bad budget deal that would cut defense spending: House Republicans wouldn't likely support any such deal.
As Max Boot noted, "The Hill newspaper ... claims that Republican budget negotiators have been discussing cutting defense by $600 billion to $700 billion—considerably more than the already indefensible $400 billion in cuts that Obama has said he would like to see over the next decade." And while John Boehner reportedly rejected that deal because it called for raising taxes, if last week's vote is any indication, he'd be wise to realize that his House Republicans don't believe the solution to our problems is a weak defense. As Boot warned, "If Republicans acquiesce in ruinous cuts to the defense budget, they will cease to be known as Ronald Reagan’s heirs. Instead they will be remembered as the party of William E. Borah, Hamilton Fish III, and Gerald Nye. Remember those GOP giants of the 1930s? They thought a strong defense was unaffordable and unnecessary. But their reputations collapsed on December 7, 1941, when we learned (not for the last time) the price of unreadiness. That is a lesson today’s Republicans should remember as they negotiate over the budget."
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