Progressives are not the only ones disgusted by the ludicrous military spending in the Ryan-Murray budget deal. Yesterday Rick Santelli – whose outburst over government assistance to homeowners is alleged to have started the Tea Party – hosted David Stockman, the former Office of Management and Budget Director for the Reagan Administration.
In a rant that went viral on conservative media Stockman railed against so-called deficit hawks like Paul Ryan promoting massive defense spending.
SANTELLI: You’re my budget guy, tell me your impressions after combing through some of the numbers of what has been put forth by both parties to be voted on.
STOCKMAN: Well first let’s be clear, it’s a joke and a betrayal. It’s the final surrender of the House Republican Leadership to beltway politics and to kicking the can and ignoring this budget monster that is heading down the road… Lets look at what they’ve done.
Defense sequester is $600 billion of outlays, we can easily live with that. Prior to the Bush wars and invasions we had $400 billion in defense spending in today’s real dollars. Fifty percent more and they can’t live with it?
Do we have any more industrial state enemies in the world? No.
Are there greater threats in the world? No.
Have we been fired as the world’s policeman? Yes.
So why can’t they allow the defense sequester to happen? They should.
Even conservatives, Reagan Administration alumni no less, are fed up with shoveling taxpayer money into the war economy at this point. Stockman went on to call for the Tea Party to primary any Republican who votes for the Ryan-Murray budget.
While little can be agreed upon between the right and the left, one thing everyone with a functioning brain who is not taking bribes from defense contractors knows is a $600 billion defense budget in 2013 has nothing to do with defending America.