The following is a re-post of an opinion piece by Tom Schatz from Citizens Against Government Waste. It is not meant to be a representation of MDAA’s opinion, but is merely part of the entire missile defense picture.
Republicans campaigned in 2010 to reduce the deficit by cutting spending. They promised to cut $100 billion in non-defense discretionary spending in the first fiscal year.
But defense covers nearly two-thirds of all discretionary spending. While the Republicans’ initial plan excluded defense, the fiscal year 2012 budget approved by the House in April agreed with Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ plan to locate $178 billion in savings through fiscal year 2016; $100 billion would be reinvested in defense and $78 billion cut outright.