Republican Senator John Cornyn Accepts Cuts In Defense Spending

Another Republican Becomes a “Flip-Flopper”

Republican Senator, John Cornyn Accepts Cuts In Defense Spending

Ever since Saint Ronald Reagan became President, Defense spending has been the Republican “sacred cow”.  But today Sen. John Cornyn of Texas has backed away from Republican claims that the “sequester” will weaken our military.  He joins others of his party who backtrack when it is politically expedient for them to do so.

Cornyn claims he knows more than Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and the Joint Chiefs of Staff that claim our country’s security will suffer.  He claims that with the United States virtually out of Iraq, and our participation in Afghanistan winding down, a reduction in defense spending will not affect national security.

There’s something wrong here.  I actually agree with a Republican, and he’s from Texas.  I must be dreaming.  Public opinion should trump political ambitions, and the majority of Americans favor reducing Defense spending before cutting benefits from social programs such as social security and Medicare.

Some Republicans have suggested that the President be granted a certain amount of control over spending cuts.  Senate Republicans are considering a proposal this week that could alleviate some impacts of the cuts by giving the president flexibility to decide where they would occur.

“I say to my Republican friends, if you want to give the president flexibility as to how to exact these cuts in defense spending, then why don’t we go home and just give him the money? I am totally opposed to that,” Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “We spent too long on defense authorization and finding out what this country needs to secure this country without saying, ‘Hey, well we’ll just let the president have the, quote, flexibility.'”

It is increasingly obvious that the Republican Party is divided on three levels.  It is also obvious that they are out of touch with the vast majority of Americans.  Ignoring the polls, ignoring the concerns of the working class will eventually eliminate the GOP as a viable second party.  If President Obama had focused all of his energy towards the destruction of the Republican Party, he could not have been nearly as successful as what they have done to themselves.  Maybe the November elections devastated the three factions of the party more than any of the “politicos” could have imagined.  They are without leadership and direction.  If we judge them by their leaders in the House and Senate, they have no defined course of action.  Boehner’s vote is a resounding “no” to any proposal by the President.  McConnell’s focus was to make Mr. Obama a “one term President”, and we know how well that worked.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

6 Responses to "Republican Senator John Cornyn Accepts Cuts In Defense Spending"

  1. Constitution Lives   February 26, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Here is a thought No more bailouts!, No more corporate lobbying, root out any and all fraud waste and abuse in all sectors! down size the big government monster and dismiss the advocates of it in government and yes start prosecuting and arresting criminals participating in fraud and corruption both in government, and in wall street and in the banking sector. The taxpayer should never be on the hook for this mess! The U.S. government has failed the American people. Look no further than the debt and the unfunded liabilities as proof as to why their policies are a failure. We are not tax cattle and slaves to the government either and their out of control spending enriching themselves while dividing the American people while they do thse wicked and reckless things. The laws apply to EVERYONE!

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  2. anon2   February 25, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    This column is a piece of utter rubbish. When someone compromises on their political views to reduce the deficit, that’s not a bad thing. That’s being a leader. As a young voter, who is immensely troubled by the mess the current ruling generation is leaving us, I think the one who is really out of touch here Mr. Turnage. Seriously, this type of mentality is why nothing gets done in Washington.

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