There is a nice conversation with Fareed Zakaria on over at CNN, talking about the need to look all over our country’s budget for savings, including the military. Defense Secratary Robert Gates has suggested a budget that calls for only a one percent increase in funding next year, and closing of a command in Virginia.
Zakaria is spot on here:
This is the largest government bureaucracy in the world; it’s probably the largest bureaucracy in the world, certainly in terms of dollars spent. You’re talking about something that’s consuming something in the range of $700 billion a year. You have three million people.
It’s a cradle-to-grave quasisocialist system, where everything is taken care of by the government, from health care to pensions, to where you live. And the level of inefficiency and duplication is just staggering. People in the Pentagon don’t even know how much they spend on things. If you tally it all up, some of the expenditures are eye-popping. … What this is doing is an attempt to bring some sense of cost-benefit analysis and rationalism to this problem.
Gates has been one of the few breaths of consistent sources of common sense in DC in recent times.