Liberals love spending money, especially when that spending is done by big government using taxpayer dollars. However, there is one area where liberals, who throw out gobs of cash for every breath they seem to take, always find themselves cost-conscious and frugal: the military. Yep, government can spend like a drunken sailor on shore leave, but once the military comes into the equation, liberals act like coupon-cutting housewives.
It was announced earlier today that Chuck Hagel has plans to shrink the size of the Army down to pre-World War II levels. It’s not just the Army getting whacked as the Navy and Air Force take hits too. The usual platitudes of having a leaner army that will use technology to maintain its edge was given out, but any sane person knows that boots on the ground or the projection of power through carrier fleets are what win wars. The current plan allows the Navy to keep its 11 carriers, but that may change in the future. The awesome A-10 plane will be entirely eliminated despite its exemplary tour of duty over time. The Army is very hard hit with troop strength getting cut back to 440,000 to 450,000 troops after a high of 570,000 after 9/11.
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