The results of last years budget standoff defined bipartisanship, agree on further cuts or automatic cuts agreed upon go into effect. One such cut was military. We looked at the defense cut last summer before the deficit deal was made and after reviewing asked what was left to be cut?
Military Forc — 1990 — Today
Army Brigades — 76 — 045
Navy Btl Ship — 546 — 288
USAF Fighters — 82 — 039
Strat Bombers — 360 – 154
When word got out of defense contractors sending advanced layoff notices to arrive prior to the November elections the atmosphere heated up in Washington. Notices are required by law 60 days in advance and the cutbacks are to begin in January.
On July 30th the DOL sent the following: “To all employees of federal contractors, including in the defense industry, is not required 60 days in advance of January 2, 2013, and would be inappropriate given the lack of certainty about how the budget cuts will be implemented and the possibility that the sequester will be avoided before January.”
The budget plan calls for a possible large military cut as part of the trigger. What’s left to remove? Medicare has already been robbed. The point is real spending, entitlements, are being ignored and deficits increase merrily along. The House passed a bill to pay for the first year of sequestration but the Senate has not acted and Obama has not spoken.