Pandering to Hawks

Abby Zimet

Among the many distressing elements of Obama's proposed spending freeze is his exemption of a famously bloated defense budget. Of a total expected to exceed $700 billion this year, a GAO report found, the Pentagon's 96 largest weapons programs had cost overruns of $296 billion – more than the salaries and health care costs for the entire military. Even his own party leaders say that to ignore such realities is hawk-pandering of the lowest order. Lawrence Korb of the Center for American Progress explains here how much better we can do.

 “We do not support an
entitlement program for overruns in defense contracting.” – Nancy Pelosi

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