The Feds' primary Constitutional responsibility is to (quote): "provide for the common defense." Mindful of that ultimate-key to our survival as a free nation, the threat to cut $800-billion-plus, over 10-years, out of our military budget, is insanity bordering on treason. All social programs are meaningless, if the sovereignty and liberty of our citizens are destroyed by the negligence of myopic leaders who decide to defend our nation and our world-interests on-the-cheap. We've tried that after every war, including the cold one, repeatedly leaving our military unprepared for the inevitable return to battle. When World War II was about to ignite in Europe, we had soldiers here drilling and training with fake wooden rifles. Long gone are the days when we could rely on vast oceans to shield us!
Yes, but what about our post-Iraq/Afghanistan "peace dividend"? Reality is, there will be no dividend, because there will be no peace. For you yellow-brick-roaders, with new emerging powers, regional animosities, rogues with nukes, and radical terrorism, our nation and world won't become safer anytime soon!