My answer to Why do liberals want to cut defense spending?
Answer by Abbey Laurel-Smith:
Liberals are all talks. They have never been well positioned to slash defense spending than this current President. But was he able to cut anything? No.
Historically, defense cut has alway been implemented by the Republicans, especially the Congress. “Adopting a strategic stance” is what they call it, not “defense cut.” And it has alway been implemented under the Appropriations Clause (Article 1, Section 9, Clause 7) and Tax(ing) and Spending Clause (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 1, as specified by the American constitution.
- Current sequestration and how it has been used to pull us out of Iraq and Afghanistan comes to mind.
- Foreign Assistance Act of 1974 and how it was used to cut funding for Vietnam war comes to mind as well. It was also used by the Republican Congress to force Reagan’s hand to pull the Marines out of Lebanon.
- Iran Contra scandal was used as a reason to cut aid for the Contras in Nicaragua. And what did Oliver North do under Reagan in this days? He behaved exactly like Hillary Clinton today – going around and soliciting for private funding and donations.
And as it happened to King Charles II in 1660, I expect to see the “power of the purse” come into play if Hillary Clinton becomes the next President.
Popular or not, the executive strength of the next President (HC) will be subverted with defense cut, tax and spending clause. You cannot procure loans from foreign bodies, become powerful and then raise taxes on Americans (through defense spending, out sourcing of jobs, military deployment, granting L-1B visas) – as a way to pay back debts and un-official funds.