Originally Posted by cosmo20002
I never said you did. What you did do was dismiss defense spending as a fiscal issue because such spending "has generally been declining as a fraction of both GDP and the federal budget." As if that means it is not a spending issue.
Spending on something could have increased exponentially, but if as a precentage of something else, it went down--then it is not an issue to you.
You don't seem to know what you're talking about here. If entitlement spending had declined as a fraction of GDP and the federal budget like defense spending has, we'd either be running massive surpluses or we'd have a balanced budget with dramatically lower tax rates.
The defense budget is not a source of our fiscal problems. At all. Principles of good government demand that we constantly review our defense budget against evolving requirements so we can cut unnecessary or wasteful spending and reallocate funding toward effective programs, but there is absolutely no justification for cutting defense in reaction to the fiscal problems we face.