Yesterday I noted in passing that the Ryan Budget gave the Pentagon more money than it had asked for or wanted. It is, of course, even worse than that – Rep. Ryan actually accused the generals – those folks the GOP are so keen that we defer to when their positions are more convenient – of lying (h/t Ed Kilgore):
We don’t think the generals are giving us their true advice,” Ryan said during a forum on the budget sponsored by the National Journal. “We don’t think the generals believe their budget is really the right budget….
Kligore also notes that our own Rep. Todd Akin (R-2) also got into the act:
… The lament that the Pentagon must be protected from cuts reached the point in the Budget Committee markup last week that Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) began listing all the wars for which he felt America had been unprepared: He included “the War for Independence.”
Typical Todd. Embarrassing for Missourians, but aside from that does anyone wonder just why GOPers like Akin are so determined to shower unwanted funds on the military? Kilgore sees politics at play:
All in all, it appears House Republicans are so upset that they were backed into a bipartisan agreement last year (though it was basically an agreement not to agree, and to put into place a failsafe spending cut mechanism to punish them if they continued to fail to agree) that they want to put on a demonstration of what Congress would be like if there were no Democrats in it. Democrats should be very grateful.
And I am grateful. But I also wonder how much this determination to continue wasteful military spending has to do with defense industries at home. Pork in other words. That would explain Akin’s difficulties parsing the concepts attendant on military waste. Certainly explains why it’s now the done thing in GOP circles to question the judgment of the military managers they are usually so eager that everyone else defer to.