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  •  Defense cuts are necessary, and sequestration (6+ / 0-)

    is the only thing that's brought the possibility of cutting defense spending to the forefront.

    Now, with the war in Afghanistan winding down and our troops coming home, would be a good time to re-evaluate our entire Defense Philosophy.

    I would argue that we could cut our defense spending by half if we shifted our defense policy emphasis from protecting Middle East oil and international shipping to a policy of making this country truly energy-independent.

    Becoming energy-independent wouldn't happen overnight, but I'd argue that the country that built an A-bomb from scratch in less than five years or put a man on the moon in less than ten years can become energy-independent in 5 years if we truly desired to do so.

    What sense does it make that the Defense Department wants more new tanks when we have 3000 M-1 Abrams tanks sitting mothballed in the desert? There's not another tank in the world that can best that Beast! And I didn't think we were planning to fight the Russians tank-to-tank on the European plains anyway, or am I wrong?

    The factories used to build all those tanks and fighter planes would be serving this country in a better fashion if they were turning out wind turbines, solar panels, high-speed rail cars and other useful items instead of hardware that eventually ends up mothballed in an Arizona desert.

    As for more revenue: make the 1% pay the same tax rate on all their income as the average American, no matter how they make that money.

    Enact a financial transactions tax.

    Eliminate tax subsidies to big oil and big agriculture.

    Stop giving tax subsidies to companies that ship American jobs overseas.

    Stop giving government contracts to companies that park their profits in off-shore tax havens.

    All of these steps make a lot more sense than anything else I've seen our Washington politicians suggest or advocate.

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