WTH?! Oh, how quickly we forget: Plurality ready for “significant” military cuts:
Nearly one-half of Americans now think the United States can make major cuts in defense spending without putting the country in danger. They believe even more strongly that there’s no risk in cutting way back on what America spends to defend other countries.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 48% of Adults feel it is possible to significantly reduce military spending without putting the American people at risk. Thirty-seven percent (37%) disagree and do not believe major defense cuts come without risk. Fifteen percent (15%) are not sure.
Ed Morrissey notes the growing number of Americans who think the military can bear the brunt of government cuts sans any impairment to national security. The military will be cut–why else is budget-hack Leon Panetta the new Secretary of Defense?–but at what point will folks realize that a reduction in force (RIF) costs more when the inevitable security threat becomes reality?
If we can’t convince the plurality who think eviscerating the military is the answer to our collective budgetary woes that changes to Social Security and Medicare are not only expedient but necessary for the survival of the country, then how long do we have left? A decade?