So the defense lobbyists want Granny to eat catfood so the defense budget doesn’t take a hit:
[…]“Regardless of who wins, the big deal will have tax increases and spending cuts,” said one defense lobbyist, who asked not to be identified. “The ratio will just be different. With taxes playing a smaller role in a Republican plan, entitlement programs like Medicare will have to play a bigger one to protect defense.”
The defense lobbyist said it’s just too soon to tell what lawmakers might settle on as a potential alternate deal. “Any number being floated for additional defense cuts is complete conjecture,” he said.
But the lobbyist did say he thought tea party lawmakers could go along with an alternative deal.
They’re content as long as money comes from somewhere else, he said. “They’re just concerned about cutting; they don’t care where it comes from.”
“It’s time to find the cuts somewhere else,” the lobbyist said. “The defense community should be more outspoken on
That could include the politically sensitive “entitlements” included in the defense budget, including pay and
benefits for troops — another reason a deal would have to come after the election and perhaps early in the tenure of a new Congress.
Levin’s “$587 billion” figure includes $487 billion in “cuts” already agreed to (i.e. cuts from previously projected increase, still allowing the Pentagon budget to increase with inflation), so that’s only $100 billion in real cuts for the Pentagon. Not so much, really – but enough to send them after your earned benefits. Nice!