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July 31st, 2012
08:59 PM ET

Rep. McKeon on looming defense cuts: 'Active soldiers will get a pink slip'

In today's Washington Post, Congressman Howard Buck McKeon (R-CA) calls out President Barack Obama on his role in allowing half a trillion dollars in cuts to the U.S. military through sequestration.

The danger of Obama’s inaction on sequestration

Even though President Obama signed the Budget Control Act into law and insisted on the sequester so another debt-limit increase didn’t materialize before the election, it doesn’t appear that he shares the same commitment to resolution. The only conceivable reason for him to perpetuate this uncertainty is to secure a domestic agenda that has repeatedly been rejected by the American people.

He should end the uncertainty, speak truthfully about the consequences and bring Senate Democrats to the table with a solution. Fundamentally, his choice is to treat our troops as heroes or use them as leverage.

OutFront tonight: Rep. Howard Buck McKeon (R-CA).

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Filed under: Economy • Politics • Sequestration
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  1. Marty

    Great reporting today on your piece about defense spending and the all-important sequestration. However, you've only touched on a small piece of what's becoming one of our country's primary industries when it comes to employment, growth and spending.
    I've worked in the so called Defense Industry since right after 2001 and have seen the extreme growth in all areas of national security and homeland defense. I mention these areas specifically because they’re a subset of the overall Defense Industry but one that’s becoming the largest area of government (refer to Top Secret America – Washington Post). Contrary to the politics of all this, people that work in in this area don't seem worried as they know the leadership in this country are either unaware of what this growth and spending is doing to the country or, to scared to make the tough decisions. If you do a little research you'll find many examples of the absorbent amount of spending that has and is still occurring in this area. Examples like; in 2005 only 5000 people in the federal government made over $150,000 year – now its 50,000 people and climbing. Or, that the Washington DC area is now the richest part of the country.
    I think more reporting needs to be done in this area and you're the first reporter I've heard associate spending in healthcare to spending in defense and what that says about our society. These facts and others is what needs to be reported-on so the general public can truly see what's been happening in our government and more importantly, the surrounding areas of Washington DC.

    July 31, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Reply

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