You’d think that with the sequestration cuts taking effect – which are, according to the Obama White House (the same guy whose idea sequestration was in the first place) going to destroy western civilization as we know it now and for all time (and is all the Republicans fault; I’ll never get tired of the liberal “I was for it until I was against it and it’s all someone else’s fault!” line) – the Hammers would have caught a break.
But nooOOOooo. According to the California Motorized Recreational Council (CMRC) and Save the Hammers.org the Secretary of the Navy is now seeking Congressional approval to move forward with the base expansion at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms.
Now, I’m certainly no rocket scientist, but I can balance a checkbook pretty well (unless you talk to my creditors, who usually call around 10:00am, if you want to speak to them. They’re not very polite, but they make up for that shortcoming by rudeness and persistence). It seems to me that if the government is looking at losing – according to the White House – so much money that starving children in TV commercials start sending us money, we should probably not be spending money on things we really don’t need. Like buying out mining claims and expanding a military base that is working just fine as it is.
The GOOD news – at least from an off-roader’s point of view – is that the military is usually the first place democrats look to make cuts, whether it’s a good economy or a bad one.
The BAD news – from every American’s point of view, by now – is that Congress really has no clue as to how to create a budget, so the paltry couple of hundred million bucks is just a drop in the bucket when you’re creating a deficit of trillions and trillions. The money the Marines need to destroy the Hammers is a rounding error to Congress. Remember: the last time we had a federal budget signed into law as 1997, when Clinton was still in the White House. The 2009 thing? That was just an omnibus spending bill, not a budget.