Defense Spending

Job Creation First, Tax Reform Second In House Tax Bill

There is still a lot of work to be done to get a tax reform bill through the Senate, but the House bill is a start, and, with its extensive economic growth and job creation features, it is a better start than we initially thought it would be.

Tokyo Should Take Over Its Own Defense: Not Every Problem Is America’s to Solve

Doug Bandow, CNS News

Washington has spent more than seven decades playing globocop. The world has changed. So should U.S. policy—including toward Japan. Prime Minister Abe appears determined to make Japan a more capable security dependent of America. Washington should insist that he make his nation security independent.

First Impression: House GOP Tax Plan

The cost of government is not what it taxes, it is what it spends. The GOP tax plan is a start, but not a particularly bold or ambitious start, and it is only one part of a pro-growth economic formula. Spending has yet to be dealt with.

Will Reelected Chancellor Merkel Spend the Money Necessary to Defend Germany?

Donald Trump’s criticisms of Europe and NATO are well-founded. Washington should stop providing the international equivalent of welfare for nations, such as Angela Merkel's Germany, that can and should defend themselves.

Establishment GOP Puts Cronies over Country on Missile Defense

Angelo Codevilla, American Greatness

As North Korea demonstrates America’s vulnerability to ballistic missiles, and as President Trump pledges “many billions of dollars” for “the anti-missile,” establishment Republicans are poised to use missile defense talk today in the same way they did in the wake of Ronald Reagan’s commitment to it: profit politically from rhetoric, funnel money to the best-connected contractors, and accomplish nothing.

How the Establishment Plans to Torch Trump’s Economic Plan: Part 1

After eight years of doing everything possible to prop-up Obama’s failed economic policies the Fed has now gotten religion and decided to implement a policy to keep employment growth neutral and slow wage growth at a time when working Americans haven’t had a real pay increase in a decade.

Impending Budget Crisis Dooms American Imperium

America’s fiscal position is deteriorating sharply. Earlier this year the Congressional Budget Office forecast that the federal deficit was back on the rise in 2016, with steady increases expected over the next decade. There isn’t going to be much money for the national government to spend on “discretionary” items, including underwriting wealthy allies, rebuilding failed states, and enforcing international norms.

Washington’s First Obligation is to Defend America, not the World

Former NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s greatest fear appears to be that Donald Trump might be elected and end Washington’s unique global role: “What is at stake here is the American role as the global superpower.” Meaning America should continue to foot the bill in lives and treasure to protect countries that can and should protect themselves.

Why are America’s Allies so Persistently Pathetic?

Washington’s allies generally are a pathetic lot. Benefiting from sizeable and capable populations and enjoying large and advanced economies, they nevertheless can’t be bothered to invest heavily in their own defense, so the bulk of Washington’s over-size military outlays are to project power for the benefit of its ne’er-do-well allies.

Can Marco Rubio Lie His Way To The Presidency?

During Tuesday’s CNN debate Jeb Bush told populist frontrunner Donald Trump “You can't insult your way to presidency.” But as Trump pointed out, he’s at 41% and Jeb is fading fast at 4%. However, aside from “insulting your way to the presidency” there’s a second way to get to the presidency apparently favored by the neo-con establishment, and that is the good old fashioned lying preferred by Marco Rubio.

GOP plan to boost defense spending worries some in party

Andrew Taylor, AP

House Republicans Tuesday will propose using tens of billions of dollars in additional war funding to get around tight budget limits on the Pentagon in their new budget plan. The move is designed to placate defense hawks, but is already making tough-on-spending elements in the party uneasy.

Sen. Lindsey Graham's Bizarre Military Coup To Increase Defense Spending

Especially in the context of Obama’s abuse of power the notion that a president can use the military to impose his will upon Congress cannot be allowed to enter the debate. Republicans, who claim to be the party of limited government constitutional conservatives, should have booed Sen. Graham out of the room, even if it was intended as a “joke.” And frankly, we’re not buying the idea Graham’s comment about using the military to force Congress to increase military spending was a “joke,” it was more like a revealing look at the inner man.

Rep. Tom McClintock: Giving Arms To "Carefully Vetted" Syrians A Blunder

In McClintock’s analysis arming the allegedly “carefully vetted” Free Syrian Army defies our experience in Afghanistan and Iraq where so-called “carefully vetted” local Islamic forces have turned their weapons against us.

Paul Ryan’s Own Actions Make Paul Ryan’s Budget A Joke

After Paul Ryan’s abandonment of the sequester caps does anyone seriously believe that Congress, when led by establishment Republican Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan is actually going to stick to plan to reduce spending ten years from now?

From Our What Could Go Wrong Department: Self-Replicating Machines To Replace Soldiers With Robots

The notion that creating a factory capable of reproducing itself and producing armed, autonomous drones and robots equals “scientific progress” reminds us all too much of the celebrations of the technical achievements involved in the NSA’s as yet uncharted ability to eavesdrop on virtually any form of communication.

How the Military Wasted Your $

Matthew Gault, Medium.com

With a $614 billion budget in '13—expected to decline by $62 billion in '14—there’s plenty of opportunity for waste. That means bloat that floats a lot of needless projects. Some are badly managed, others the result of political pork-barrel spending.

Pro-War Sens. Rake in Defense Money

Brendan Bordelon, Daily Caller

The ten Senate Foreign Relations Committee members who voted to attack Syria received 83% more campaign contributions from defense contractors than the seven who voted against it.

Pentagon Delays Fighter Jets to Egypt

Associated Press Staff

The Pentagon is delaying delivery of F-16 fighter jets to Egypt. Will it suspend other aid too?

Amash Rattles Obama’s Surveillance State

In addition to actually curtailing the extra-constitutional actions of the Obama NSA – if it passes – the great benefit of Justin Amash’s amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2014 will be to put every Member of the House on the record with regard to the Obama NSA’s overreach.

Conservatives Get NSA, Egypt Votes in DoD Bill

Pete Kasperowicz , The Hill

The House approved a rule for the Defense spending bill that'll allow votes on Syria, Egypt, and NSA spying amendments.