Shrinking The Pentagon

Could the Tea Party help bring it about?

More and more figures on the right especially some darlings of the all-important tea party movement are coming forward to utter a conservative heresy: that the Pentagon budget cow perhaps should not be so sacred after all.

Senator-elect Rand Paul of Kentucky was the latest, on Sunday declaring on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday that military spending should not be exempt from the electorate’s clear
desire to reduce the massive federal deficit.

His comments follow similar musings by leading fiscal hawks Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana, a presumptive contender for the GOP nomination in 2012.  Others who agree that military spending shouldn’t get a free pass as we search for savings include Sen. Johnny Isakson, Sen. Bob Corker, Sen.-elect Pat Toomeythe list goes on.

Cato has done some ground work on where to begin at their Downsizing Government project: "As of today, that web site includes recommendations for over a trillion dollars in targeted cuts to the Pentagon budget over ten years."