“When it comes to parochial pork, lawmakers are still lining up to defend it,” Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, said to Bloomberg News last week. “The Pentagon’s never been bashful about wanting everything under the sun. So when they say they don’t want something, Congress should take notice and cut.”
The decisions made at the Pentagon in an era of budget austerity are difficult enough. And when our defense officials find a way to make the best of a finite budget, they shouldn’t have to defend it from pork-barrel politics.