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Military spending out of control

Dear Editor:

Last year, the U.S. spent $651 billion on defense. For that kind of money we could buy every American family an electric car. Clearly, it’s time to reassess whether another $737 million Stealth B-1 bomber is worth more than 85 brand-new schools.

The recent draft plan from the White House Deficit Commission had a lot in it. While I don’t agree with most of what the Deficit Commission argued for, I do applaud their recommendation to cut $100 billion out of the Pentagon’s bloated budget.

We already spend more on our military budget than every other major developed country. Finally, a government panel is advising us to rein in defense spending and focus instead on feeding, educating and supporting our communities.

Progressives aren’t the only ones demanding an honest look at the Pentagon any more. The idea has gained support even from Defense Secretary Gates as well as Tea Party Sen.-elect Rand Paul. In the midst of extreme partisanship almost everyone can agree that the Pentagon budget is way out of balance.

There is a long fight ahead about which government programs are cut and which are kept. While everyone can agree to begin scaling back the billions wasted on more war and weapons, some are still stuck in a the Cold War mindset. I hope you’ll join me in calling on Congress to finally stop writing the Pentagon blank checks and focus on the needs of people here at home.

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Allen Symonds

Aspen

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