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John Viacrucis, Published December 04 2010

Start with cuts in military budget

The Nov. 2 elections will usher in a new Congress that will be expected to consider the recommendations of the Deficit Reduction Commission.

I urge both the commission and our incoming Congress to have the courage to make significant cuts to our military budget instead of sacrificing crucial spending on human needs.

In order to seriously address the budget deficit, we need to cut the military budget. It takes up 59 percent of the discretionary budget, and that doesn’t account for overruns, including $300 billion above what Congress authorized for various weapons systems in the past five years.

Fifty-five members of Congress recently wrote the commission outlining specific cuts to the military budget, and I hope that their advice is heeded.

If deficit hawks truly care about reducing the deficit, then they should start with cutting our out-of-control military spending.