“Workers in state begin furloughs” (News, July 7) sheds crocodile tears for civilian defense workers furloughed from military bases in Oklahoma. One worker won’t be able to make his mortgage payment. The union representative laments that some people will be devastated by the sequestration cuts. A politics of spending that concentrates benefits in a few and imposes costs on the rest of us can’t last forever.
Is it asking readers too much to make an argument reductio ad absurdum that there should be a defense base within every 100 square miles of Oklahoma to give every working adult in the state a good paying job? If I made such an absurd argument, I fear our elected representatives in Congress would think it would be a good idea. The article doesn’t mention the arguments of anyone saying that defense cuts are necessary when the national debt exceeds $16 trillion.
It’s time to recognize that the United States spends more on defense than the next top 20 nations’ defense budgets combined. A republic doesn’t create a monstrous war machine, and it can’t survive as a republic if it does. It’s time to slash the defense budget.
Vance Armor, Oklahoma City
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