On the surface this bill presents itself as a means of reducing the deficit but does so through implementing mandatory cuts that do not specify the programs that may be cut. You can’t fix a leaky faucet with a hand-grenade. A responsible way to reign in spending would be to implement reasonable reductions in defense spending. Simply refusing to raise defense spending this year would have saved 70 billion dollars alone. While we all desire security, at what point do we say no more? As a veteran I can assure you, the men and women of our armed forces are well equipped to defend he nation. The amount we spend on our military is not an accurate representation of our readiness or ability to complete the mission. The fact that it has become “bad politics” to even consider reductions in defense spending reveals how much the military industrial complex has effected our ability to spend responsibly.