Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has just announced plans to reduce our military budget by eliminating the Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va., and seeking deep cuts elsewhere in the budget. He said that the cut will eliminate up to 3,000 contractors as well as removing redundancy from the nation’s military structure. This one cut will reduce the military budget by $240 million a year.
The move is part of an effort to cut $100 billion over five years from the military’s overhead cost. Gates noted that up to 40 percent of the cost of our military is involved in overhead that does not contribute directly to our forces in the field.
Secretary Gates is right. The bureaucracy in the military is the same as all government agencies It is top heavy with highly paid people who often duplicate each other unnecessarily. By streamlining the military command structure, he can save a lot of money and improve the command and control of the necessary forces on the ground, in the sky and on the seas.
Now we need the rest of the government to follow his example. Every department of our federal government is over crowded with bureaus, offices and agencies that are out of date, unnecessary or duplicates, And every time Congress decides to pass a new law, it creates another layer of bureaucracy. The new health plan, for example, creates hundreds of new bureaus and adds thousands of new federal employees to the national payroll.
This massive bureaucracy is not only unnecessary, it places a massive burden on our national economy. The tax increases necessary to finance these programs come directly from the pockets of productive Americans. The boost in the national debt sucks up all available credit making it virtually impossible for small business to find the financing they need to expand and create productive jobs. In addition, it forces borrowing from other nations, many that are potential enemies. That creates threats for our nation that our military cannot defend.
If we could elect a congress that will dramatically shrink our federal bureaucracy and release the pressures on our economy, I think we would experience an explosion of new small to medium business. They would easily provide jobs for the thousands of bureaucrats removed from the federal payroll, for the nearly ten percent of our work force currently without jobs and a large segment of those people living on welfare.
Rather than adding more and more people to the federal payroll, we need to change our direction and start reducing unnecessary, and in my opinion, unconstitutional bureaucracies. Eliminating those agencies not authorized by the constitution and the duplication that eats up our budget will free our people of unnecessary federal regulations and return to them the fruits of their labor. That would be a good thing.
Frank Gillispie is founder of The Madison County Journal. His e-mail address is email@example.com. His website can be accessed at http://www.frankgillispie.com/gillispieonline.
I was with you until the second from last sentence. I think that it is not that simple. I shudder to think what would happen to many hard working familes if the cuts go deeply into the social services. There are a lot of good American people in dire strights right now who need some assistance from the government. THere are also many people who are handicapped that cannot work and is a burden to their family's income. Should these people be put on the curb to fend for themselves or die? You know that social services will be cut while many of the pork projects will still be alive. I agree, streamline, but do it across the board and do it smart. Also, where is this job garden where people can return to the fruits of thier labor? Mexico? China? Viet Nam? First, get the corporations in line to pay their fair share of the tax and create American jobs. Then working people will be able to pay the slight increase for the American made products.
As long as the government provides assistance to all needy there will be needy queued up to accept that 'help'. I agree that there are people who cannot work who need help, however, when government provides that help the list somehow becomes ever longer.
To suggest that corporations need to pay 'their fare share' reveals a deep misunderstanding of finance. All taxes, plus a percent for profit, must be somehow appear in a corporate treasury or they will go out of business. These corporate taxes are passed through to consumers thus driving up costs for everyone and making companies less competitive. Then the number of jobs diminishes...and corporations must pay more???? The real need is to drastically reduce government and the role it plays in our daily life. Only when governmental expenditures are constrained can the economy readjust to world competitive status.
Do you really expect the Federal Government to cut spending, when our little po dunk county can't even do it?
And...please explain to me how the national debt has anything to do with Banks lending small businesses money?
The national debt didn't kill our economy,Bankers and Politicans did.
If the military really wanted to save some money,they would pack up and leave the Middle East. Our return on that investment is going to be zero.
I know, it's not the militarys' decision to make.
National debt increases monetary supply, albeit artificially, leading to inflation. Private companies do not want to borrow for expansion when the business climate is made uncertain by anticipated inflation with politically certain increases in taxes. Thus the economy stalls, jobs are lost, and the economy shrinks until the inflationary pressures are removed.