Capitol Bell – Here are five reasons the U.S. military is in trouble

Capitol Bell – Here are five reasons the U.S. military is in trouble

The Daily Signal
July 14, 2016
On Capitol Hill, spending issues abound. A congressional report has more bad news about the nation’s financial health. The good news, Justin Bogie and other Heritage Foundation budget experts write, is it’s not too late for lawmakers to get America’s debt and deficit levels under control. Should taxpayers bail out mine workers’ pensions? That’s crazy, Rachel Greszler argues. And Justin Johnson and Frank Russo deploy examples of what a cash-strapped military is up against. Vive la France: It’s Bastille Day.

Here are five reasons the U.S. military is in trouble. At a time when threats against America are growing, the U.S. military is facing a combat readiness crisis that jeopardizes its ability to protect the country. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, discussed this problem recently at The Heritage Foundation. Thornberry explained that this readiness shortfall has occurred as a result of “budget cuts coupled with deployments, at a pace and a number that have not really declined very much.”
Why this senator from the largest coal-producing state opposes a mine worker pension bailout. The issue at stake is the United Mine Workers of America’s unfunded pension plan, which is on track to become insolvent in less than a decade. Some legislators want to give the United Mine Workers of America access to money in the Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Fund, combined with taxpayer dollars, so that it can continue paying 100 percent of its promised benefits, writes The Heritage Foundation’s Rachel Greszler.
Grim budget projections show need for more congressional action, less rhetoric. The Heritage Foundation’s Justin Bogie writes that on Tuesday, the Congressional Budget Office released its 2016 Long-Term Budget Outlook. The annual publication projects the levels of U.S. spending, taxes, deficits, and the debt for the next 30 years. The report paints a grim picture of the nation’s current fiscal path where deficit and debt levels will continue to rise to unsustainable levels.
What we’re reading: “Jung Gwang-il does something unusual for a living: He sends information via helicopter drones into North Korea. The drones bear USB sticks and SD cards, which contain South Korean television shows, American movies, and more. This ‘more’ includes videos of North Korean defectors, telling people back home what the outside world is like. Jung himself is a defector. He survived the gulag and escaped North Korea in 2003. In May, he was a speaker at the Oslo Freedom Forum, where I sat down with him. I will relate his story in brief—a story full of horror, but leavened with majesty,” writes Jay Nordlinger in National Review.
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