Huffington Post: Time to End Outdated Military Spending, Not Medicare

Today, the same politicians in the House of Representatives who claimed that tax cuts for the wealthy would “pay for themselves” are insisting we take them seriously as they try to balance the budget.

Their plan? To end Medicare as we know it, and other gimmicks like cutting basic health care for women.

Montanans and many Americans aren’t buying what those politicians are trying to sell. There are better ways to cut government spending and cut the national debt, without stripping seniors and women of their health care.

A good place to start is taking a hard look at the huge amount of money America spends on military operations overseas — especially on Cold War-era military bases in Europe and Asia.

The U.S. operates more than 1,000 military installations on foreign soil, including 268 in Germany, 124 in Japan and 87 in South Korea. Approximately 370,000 U.S. servicemen and women are currently deployed in more than 150 countries around the world.

Several generations after the defeat of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, the world has changed. And so have our armed forces.

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