ABC News: Bring on the Cuts: Some Want the Sequester
Mark Lucas wouldn’t mind seeing America’s defense budget cut by billions.
“There’s quite a bit of waste within the military,” Lucas, who serves as Iowa state director for the conservative group Americans for Prosperity (AFP), told ABC News. “Being in there for 10 years, I’ve seen quite a bit of it.”
With the budget sequester set to kick in on Friday, the former Army ranger is among a small chorus of conservatives saying bring on the cuts.
Lucas cited duplicative equipment purchases, military-run golf courses and lavish food on larger bases — unlike the chow he endured at a combat operations post in Afghanistan with about 120 other soldiers.
“These guys would have very good food, and I’m talking almost like a buffet style, shrimp and steak once a week, ice cream, all this stuff,” Lucas said. “They had Burger Kings and Pizza Huts and McDonald’s. And I said to myself, ‘Do we really need this?’”
Lucas and AFP would like to see the sequester modified, with federal agencies granted more authority to target the cuts and avoid the more dire consequences. But the group wants the cuts to happen.
“We’re very supportive of the sequestration cuts but would prefer to see more targeted cuts at the same level,” said the group’s spokesman, Levi Russell.
As President Obama and his Cabinet members are sounding the sequester alarm bells, AFP’s willingness shows that not everyone is running for the hills.
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