Pentagon Budget: Remain Calm

Don’t plan the parade because your military base or defense project wasn’t mentioned as something the Secretary of Defense planned to cut or curtail in his Fiscal Year 2015 Defense budget. On the other hand, don’t start drinking if your pet project or base or weapon system was mentioned by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel during his press conference on Monday.

Most of it probably won’t happen – it was only a proposal:

pro·pos·al [pruh-poh-zuhl]
noun
1.
the act of offering or suggesting something for acceptance, adoption, or performance.
2.
a plan or scheme proposed.

The proposal put forth has to be approved by Congress – you remember the 535 class presidents who have bases and contractors in their states and districts? Those folks will have a big say in what stays in the defense budget and what goes.

A lot of people are up in arms (pun intended) after Hagel announced his budget. Some folks were already reporting the nuclear triad would stay intact. Some groups sent press releases via e-mail saying retirees would have benefits reduced. A lot of words were written and a lot of time was spent yesterday on the DOD’s proposed budget.

Even current Rep. and U.S. Senate candidate Steve Daines (R-Mont.) sent a *statement to the Great Falls Tribune (I could not find it on-line) saying, “[H]e is strongly committed to ensuring that our military is fully equipped to protect our country…”

Just calm down – back away from the computer and take a deep breath.

The good thing about the President submitting a budget to Congress is that we get to see his priorities. Then Congress rips it apart and may even pass a budget of their own, and we get to see their priorities – and then it has to be signed into law by the President.

Or they may not even pass a budget, and instead they will talk nasty about each other not passing a budget.

When there was a Republican-controlled House and Senate and a Republican President, they fought over the budget – When the Democrats controlled everything they fought about the budget. In fact, for several years they did not pass a budget, most recently FY2011 through FY2014. (SOURCE)

It may be the same for FY 2015: Nothing. Why pass something that one side can use against you in the November elections? If you’ve read my columns very much, then you know IT’S ALL ABOUT THE NEXT ELECTION.

Remain calm…

*The Western Word, for some reason, is not receiving press releases from the Team Daines campaign staff or from his taxpayer-funded staff. Thanks to Team Tester and Team Walsh for adding The Western Word to their press lists.

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