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posted: 3/12/2013 4:00 AM

Now's not the time to cut defense

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Does our government really think this is a good time to cut the defense budget? We are having troubles with China, Iran and other countries around the world. we are still fighting the war on terror. What are they thinking?

Young men and women are putting their lives on the line to keep America free. Is this really the way to treat them, cutting the money for defense? Maybe the president and Congress should each spend a week with our fighting troops so they could see what our troops go through every day. Instead of taking vacations and trips to safe areas where they can enjoy themselves, let them go to some of the dangerous areas and see if they still want to cut the defense budget.

As far as cutting jobs in the airline industry, why lay off the people who keep the airports functioning efficiently? TSA, controllers, baggage claim personnel are needed more than endowments for the arts. Let Hollywood and the rich people kick in to keep the arts functioning. Cut off some of the unnecessary grants given to corporations and industries. Let the people in these corporations kick in to keep the grants available.

There are many other places to cut rather than defense. Instead of funding abortions, let the people who want Roe v. Wade kick in and foot the bill. Remember, it is up to Congress and the president to do what is best for the citizens, and not for themselves and their cronies. Cut the pork projects. We the citizens are the employer, and Congress and the administration are the employees. For too long it has been the other way around.

Laurel Anderson


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