Rep Allen West on the Ryan Budget “The US military cannot be the bill payer for the fiscal irresponsibility”

Paul Ryan’s budget affirms my simple position that the US military cannot be the bill payer for the fiscal irresponsibility …

by Congressman Allen West on Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Rep Allen West on Facebook today “Paul Ryan’s budget affirms my simple position that the US military cannot be the bill payer for the fiscal irresponsibility of Washington DC, and especially this Obama administration. Our preeminent duty as the federal government is to provide for the common defense….while we promote  the general welfare of the American citizens. The former means an active role in protecting the American people. The latter means setting the conditions with the proper tax and regulatory policies to advance the prosperity of the individual. Unfortunately President Obama and his liberal disciples believe that we should be providing welfare, while promoting the demise of our military strength.”

Ryans Budget Protects Defense – By Arthur C. Brooks, Edwin J. Feulner and William Kristol


In an election year, it’s all too easy for politicians to defer hard choices until after the polls have closed in November. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) has taken the more difficult road with his “Path to Prosperity” budget.

Mr. Ryan’s plan has received much attention for tackling America’s spiraling expenditures on entitlements and domestic discretionary spending. Less reported is the budget’s partial restoration of national defense as the No. 1 priority of the federal government.

Even within the framework of a plan to reduce outlays by $6.2 trillion over the next decade, Mr. Ryan has found a way to replace $214 billion of the $487 billion in military spending reductions that are in Barack Obama’s budget. And he has done so while avoiding the tax increases proposed by the president.

Conservatives recognize that they have to deal with fiscal reality and get the federal government’s balance sheet in order. That is why Mr. Ryan’s plan is so bold. It does not cut indiscriminately, focusing instead on the true drivers of our spending crisis and recognizing that tax increases would worsen our economic situation.

The Ryan plan also helps to reverse what Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has called the “catastrophic” process of sequestration—the year-after-year, automatic cuts agreed to in last summer’s debt-limit deal between the president and the House leadership. These cuts will eviscerate the United States military if Congress does not quickly pass a law to undo them this year. Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has made plain the consequences of sequestration: “We would no longer be a global power.”

The contrast between the House Republican budget and that of our current commander-in-chief is striking. President Obama has been arguing that raising taxes is the only solution to sequestration that he will accept. In other words, he asks the nation to decide between higher taxes and a weaker defense. Mr. Ryan rejects either solution.

Instead, Mr. Ryan takes some important first steps toward facing up to the true drivers of the federal government’s money woes: spending through “entitlement” programs. These now consume roughly 60% of the federal budget, up from 20% in 1970. In contrast, national defense, which comprised nearly 40% of the budget in the 1970s, costs less than 20% today, even with current war spending. Absent reform, entitlements will spiral upward and crowd out all other federal spending—not just on the military.

It’s incorrect to regard entitlements as mandatory programs. They reflect political choices about what kind of country we want and how we will govern ourselves. If we fail to reform entitlements, we’ll go on pretending we can afford a retirement with benefits we never earned, paid for by our children and grandchildren. We’ll be choosing an ever-more socialized medical system. We will in effect choose to become a European-style—and unsustainable—welfare state.

We will also be choosing to lay aside the burdens and inconveniences of world leadership. Mr. Obama insists that he doesn’t believe America is in decline. But his redistributionist policies at home and his preference for “leading from behind” abroad can only be regarded as making exactly that choice.

The Ryan budget is not perfect for some conservatives. Many would like to see American military spending restored more rapidly and an even more aggressive approach to tackling the entitlement problem. But Mr. Ryan’s budget is a choice about our future, and this is a time to choose—not hide behind the sequestration process.

If we want a strong America in a dangerous world, and a freer and growing economy for our citizens, it’s time to choose the direction that Mr. Ryan is charting.

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3 responses to “Rep Allen West on the Ryan Budget “The US military cannot be the bill payer for the fiscal irresponsibility”

  1. I agree that to much has been taken away from the many men and women who have and will continue to put their lives on the line for this country. And our Military should always be the first item funded or the very last item in a budget to be reduced.
    The out of control spending on all these programs and stimulus that were passed, and money that will never be recovered from companies like Solyndra, Sun Power, was a sham and is a shame, at a time when the unemployment rate was upwards to all most 11 percent. And the American people just trying to reach for the deck before the ship goes under is disturbing to say the least. And the Mr. Obama says while he jokes about the shovel ready jobs not being so shovel ready is reason enough to not trust anything Mr. Obama or his minions put out there for us the American people is despicable and dishonest.

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