It seems James Antle is a fan of Mitch Daniels. No surprise – both of them are strident liberals masquerading as conservatives.
Antle has been propagating the lie that Mitch Daniels has balanced Indiania’s state budget and that now, the Hoosier state has a budget surplus. It doesn’t. As of today, Indiana has a $1 bn yearly budget deficit.
Antle has been trying to portray Mitch Daniels as an economic conservative, which he isn’t. Daniels is a fierce AGW proponent who has proposed such ludicrous schemes as pumping CO2 underground and other politically-correct anti-AGW programs.
Antle has tried to defend MD’s call for “a truce on social issues with liberals so that we can get along” by claiming that Mitch Daniels is pro-life and opposed to same-sex marriage. The truth is that if he really was, he would’ve fought for the rights of unborn children and against SSM, instead of proposing a truce (which would be a capitulation). Liberals don’t need, and don’t want, any “truce on social issues” because they’ve already enforced their policies on the US. Abortion-on-demand, without any significant limitations (not even parental consent or parental notifications) is the law of the land. Gay marriage is the law of several states. The DOMA has been ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge in Massachusetts (Joseph Tauro). The DADT policy has been ruled unconstitutional by another federal judge, and the Congress plans to repeal it. Federal funds are being used to finance abortions and ESCR.
The worst part of MD’s policy agenda is cutting the defense budget, a policy which Antle has endorsed. Antle wrote in his AmSpec propaganda article about MD that:
“He told the Weekly Standard, of all places, that military spending would have to be cut. “When Bush arrived we were spending $300 billion on national defense, and he thought that was plenty,” Daniels said. “Now it’s what, $800 billion?””
Firstly, Bush did not believe that the defense budget he inherited from Clinton was enough. His pre-election and post-election speeches and press notices, as well as his actual budgetary policies, prove that. Bush has repeatedly said that the FY2001 budget was inadequate. No wonder, then, that he increased defense spending.
Secondly, the defense budget is currently $534 bn (for FY2011, Obama has proposed $549 bn). Even total military spending of the US was only $664 bn as of FY2010. So MD’s claim that America’s “defense spending” or “military spending” amounts to $800 bn per year is totally false. America has never had a defense budget (or military budget) that big. Not last fiscal year, not ever.
Thirdly, the FY2001 defense budget was (rightly) judged as inadequate by leftists, centrists, and rightwingers alike as of 2000 and 2001. The then-chairman of the House Budget Cmte., John Kasich, a critic of defense spending, said “We need to put more money into the Pentagon” and said that the DOD’s annual budget should be increased by $50 bn in 2000 dollars. The leftist Brookings Institution called for the DOD’s budget to be increased by $100 bn in 2000 dollars. Then-presidential candidate George W. Bush and then-VP candidate Dick Cheney promised to increase the DOD’s warchest. Clinton’s own Joint Chiefs of Staff believed the defense budget was vastly inadequate and called for significant defense spending hikes.
Fourthly, America cannot afford defense cuts. The defense budget ($534 bn) constitutes only 3.65% of GDP and only 14.87% of the federal budget. The US military cannot cope with less money – it’s impossible. The US military needs to replace the vast majority of its equipment with new weapons, properly compensate and treat its personnel, maintain the necessary bases properly, and conduct military operations.
Traitor Daniels and Traitor Antle have called for deep defense cuts at the same time that young Americans are fighting in Afghanistan to defend their asses.
No real conservative would ever vote for Mitch Daniels.