Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Part 3 of 3: What to do with the Department of Defense

So, here are my two solutions:

Solution 1. Cut the Defense Department budget. This might make them more cognizant of where their billions go.

We're in a period where people on both sides of the aisle are calling for a reduction to the deficit. I've got some ideas for how to more effectively allocate social spending, but the military budget is an easy target for budget cuts. A spending freeze on the defense budget might be the least painful, but with the draw-down in Iraq proceeding on schedule, we should be able to directly cut portions of the budget.

Solution 2. Join the rest of the civilized world and ban the use of Mercenaries (military contractors hired to kill) and go one step further; ban all military contractors.

This will take a transition period, but I'm confident that our military can handle the duties of these contractors. Further, this will help with Solution 1 because we pay contractors far more than we do our own soldiers to do the same job. So, we'll save money and reduce fraud while improving quality and morale. This is what's called a "win-win situation."

Note: This is part 3 of 3. 

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