Yesterday, after failing to come to any consensus on a new budget, President Obama initiated the sequester. Honestly, I don’t understand the reaction to this “devastating” act. Our national debt is substantial and we are spending more than we are saving so to speak. The options are simple: increase revenue (taxes) and/or reducing spending.
There is a lot of animosity against not raising taxes for the wealthy. Certainly, this increases government revenue. But do we need to spend so much? The President specifically called out that Navy shipbuilding will be affected. People may lose their jobs, which is unfortunate. But why do we need so many ships? As an ex-Naval officer and defense contractor, the defense industry can certainly trim the fat. The military by and large does what it’s told, with the resources it’s given. But the populous needs to keep them in check. Having been to Afghanistan, albeit briefly, I am not sure the progress made there is worth the price we are paying. There is a great TED talk by Rory Stewart about leaving Afghanistan (in 2011) and how the surge only increased the violence in the country. His book, was the best preparation for going my deployment to Afghanistan.