America is nearly six weeks into “sequestration,” the blind, automatic spending cuts Congress created in order to scare itself into cutting spending intelligently, which it was unable to do. So the mechanism cuts spending robot-like. And to what effect?
I read on the ABC News website that the Blue Angels shows have been canceled. On Politico is a story about the Defense Department having to choose between “tanks” and “ranks” – i.e., people versus weapons. Politico has another article about the possibility of a new base-closure commission.
Good. This is what’s supposed to happen. Sequestration begins to look almost intelligent.
The military is larger than necessary to protect the United States and vital national interests (real ones, conservatives, not “vital interests” in Afghanistan). If it takes robot-like cutting to have it slim down, let’s do it.
I also see that the Obama administration is supporting the use of the “chained Consumer Price Index” in Social Security according to the AARP. Liberals in The Nation are calling it a benefit cut — and it is, though only in the rate of growth of future benefits, and the cut is tiny in any one year according to a blog post in the Washington Post. But it is being proposed. By a Democratic president! That is something.
Sequestration didn’t apply to Social Security, so maybe the chained-CPI proposal isn’t strictly a result. But the spirit is the same. Washington, D.C., is starting to take budget cutting seriously, or at least, they sound like they are. Maybe they really are. If so, good.