Over at Red State, Eric Erickson has concluded that the law means nothing. This revelation is nothing new for Tenthers, who’ve long understood the futility of relying on the federal government to solve problems created and compounded by the federal government. Specifically, Erickson was writing on the cuts to military spending that sequestration is supposed to bring, should congress fail to arrive at some agreement to bilk the taxpayers a little but more come January, 2013.
This threat of cuts to the Sacred Military-Industrial-Congressional-Complex, forever praise its name, has many on the Right foaming at the mouth about the need for fiscal restraint, but in the proper way. I mean, let’s get real, how could anyone seriously suggest any cut to the Pentagon? This subject truly is the third rail. At least we hear rhetoric about reforming social security or Medicare on occasion, but military spending is strictly off limits.
Never mind that many of these now-outraged Republicans voted for sequestration when they agreed to the debt ceiling compromise last fall. And so what if John Boehner said he liked 98% of what was in that bill; we cant be derailing the MICC’s gravy train; not now, not ever. Especially with unemployment being what it is, cutting military spending will surely force tens of thousands of more folks to seek unemployment benefits in the coming months.
And that’s what most of this whole debacle seems to be over. Perusing the comments on this post and others, it seems that many readers are concerned with the welfare of the poor folks who build the weapons of war. I mean sure, we need to trim the budget, they admit, but look, it has to be done responsibly, and short of that, defense contractors should be given proper WARN notices so they can adequately prepare for layoffs.
Oh those poor contractors, what are they to do?
Here’s a thought: if you don’t want to be cheated, lied to, or otherwise abused, don’t do business with an institution that knows only cheating, lying, and abuse.