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September 16, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Advice for the deficit-reduction committee: military spending

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End the wars

To reduce the deficit, I would end the Iraq and Afghanistan wars immediately and bring all of our troops home.

The United States has military bases in 130 countries around the world. I would shut down all these bases and bring all U.S. troops back to the United States. I would cut military spending by at least half.

— Bill Healy, Seattle

Military bases not needed

Revenue has to raised along with cuts. One major cut is defense!

There is no reason we need to pay as much as we do for defense. The soldiers don’t get it; they should be paid more.

All of the 700-plus bases around the world are not needed, the people don’t want us there. Security is a separate issue from defense — we have the gigantic Department of Homeland Security that handles that.

— Reggie Gausman, Kirkland

Rein in military spending

Spend less on the military and tax the wealthy more. Since nearly half of income-tax generated federal funds is spent on the military, it would seem a rational priority for deficit reduction.

— Bill Horner, Edmonds

Ike was right

Back in 1960, when Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower was giving his farewell speech to the American people, he included a caveat: “Beware the military/industrial complex.”

We now have in America the very corporate/military control of our spending that President Eisenhower warned us of. We spend more on military products than the rest of the world combined. Too often our “foreign aid” is in the form of military equipment to our allies. Too often we end up with a cowboy in the Whitehouse who is going to “make America safe” by using the military toys we’ve accumulated.

Are we truly safer now that we have spent over a trillion dollars in the military industry over the past 10 years?

It’s time to reduce our tremendous debt by large cuts in this area.

— Steve Harris, Kirkland

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Oh yeah, I feel very secure now thanks to the "gigantic Department of Homeland Security."  Posted on September 16, 2011 at 9:01 PM by RangerMK. Jump to comment

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