Our top military commanders are discussing cuts in pay and benefits for our servicemen and -women. The Pentagon’s budget doesn’t have the money to continue with its staus quo in spending and is looking at what can be done to live within its anticipated revenue.
There have been published reports that an agreement has been reached by the Joint Chiefs of Staff to curb the growth of pay and benefits for housing, education and health. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the cost of military personnel would rise to 60 percent of the defense budget. The general said we don’t pay or provide for our military enough, but “we have an institution to manage.”
He is in the same situation that many leaders of public entities are in — trying to manage with the same amount or declining revenue, while operating costs are up.
Most Americans would agree that we should do more for our military. The pay and benefits have improved over the years, but to continue the growth in those areas can’t be done unless more revenue is available.
An initial thought is, why not cut our foreign aid 10 percent or more, and use the funds saved for our defense budget? We must take care of our own needs first. They must be given the top priority. When did you hear last from a member of Congress calling for a general cut in foreign aid? The aid goes on and on!
We should do what we can in humanitarian aid to foreign countries where it is needed the most. But we can’t neglect our military and defense programs — not in this dangerous world.