GOP lawmakers balk when spending cuts turn real

Congress overturned proposed cuts to military pensions so quickly because trying to cut spending on the backs of veterans was the wrong thing to do. Veterans earned these retirement benefits through years of faithful service, often at risk to their lives. As a Vietnam veteran and retired U.S. Army Captain, I can say we deserve the pensions that were promised to us.

Even if cutting veterans pensions was a bad idea, Congress was on the right track in trying to cut spending. A better target would be the real government waste identified by bipartisan budget groups. National entitlement programs should be reformed, and the tax code simplified. Costly and underperforming defense contracts should be trimmed, like the trillion-dollar Joint Strike Fighter that is now billions over budget, years late and struggling to meet performance metrics.

Congress shouldn’t be deterred from cutting government spending. It should just take better aim.