Last week, President Obama announced $450 billion in cuts from proposed defense spending increases over the next decade. Obama says it’s necessary to address our growing debt and to retool the military for a different role in the 21st century.
Florida Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. He doesn’t think the cuts are smart and he wonders how much of this is designed to appease Obama’s liberal base. He also insists that an additional $600 billion in defense cuts triggered by the super committee’s failure is utterly unsustainable.
Rooney explains why he now regrets voting for the debt ceiling compromise in August and wishes President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner had agreed on a “grand bargain.”
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