In so many discussions I have noted that the government spends too much and callled for cuts. Much of this has been in the midst of political discussion where partisans have charged either that BHO & the Ds only want to tax and spend and the Rs only want to protect the rich and harm the poor. In one of them Red challenged me to start a thread so here it is. I'll list my suggestions with the caveat they are not comprehensive and understand they are not in enough detail for real action. I am also ignoring some political reality in that some I call for the Rs will have heart attacks over and some are anathama to Ds. I hope others who participate forget the small politics and make suggestions they think a braver and better leadership (on all sides) in Washington would find reasonable. So here goes: #1 Defense. There has to be at least a 25% cut in our defense department available without weakening our forces long term or short term. We have too many stationed offshore and while we need to be careful of where and how we pull back we should. I think Europe is one place as well as the Pacific for our land forces. We need to do a better job of managing expensive programs. For example we continue to build M1-A1 tanks even though the Army has 1000's in parks not being used. The air force is building the F-35, F-22 & B2 aircraft. Each is so expensive thet we really can't build enough for a general war. Why not develop drones to replace them? Why do we spend on these big ticket items yet don't equip our various infantry with the best body armor and accessories to fight. Why did I have to send everyday goods, like gun cleaning equipment and handi wipes etc to my cousin in Afganistan? The Navy has similar issues but because of where immediate future hot spots are and the need to make sure the sea lanes are open and if we pull back land forces the Navy is our first line of power projection. Maybe we don't need ballistic missile subs a $5billion a copy. I would not cut our R & D or training budgets a cent and if anything add to it. There is my first suggestion. I realize there can be an argument to keep each program we have in place but we are not infinitly wealthy and have to make decisions on the best way to spend what we have. To prevent each post from being too long I will do another tomorrow or so on domestic discretionary spending. Bottom line I think we can manage our defence budget better and be as rigorous with it as any.