Military parades should be designed to have minimal impact on budget and readiness if they happen at all. I am, however, concerned about the message that would be sent to all by admitting that a parade would significantly impact readiness - if a government is operating that close to the edge, certifying that a parade would impact readiness could be interpreted as weakness or vulnerability, whether or not that is accurate. I am opposed to the parade even if the whole cost is out of someone’s personal pocket, not just their official budget, and this bill would provide a convenient cover for not having the parade desired by some, which is a plus - people are more likely to change positions when there is a way to save face. However, I think the international aspect of this country’s decisions and public messaging need to be taken into account as well. Determining whether a parade would impact readiness is best left to those with access to data and field experience, but the communication of any such findings needs to be handled with equal care and foresight. Unfortunately, planning ahead and considering consequences when dealing with complex systems does not seem to be a strength of humans in the best of circumstances, let alone in the current political climate.