Spending Bonanza Screams for Budget Reforms

As with the vastly overrated film The English Patient, the longer one focuses on last week’s bipartisan budget deal, the worse it gets. The fiscal bonanza that Congress adopted just hours after the latest (mercifully brief) government shutdown Friday morning devotes plenty to national defense. “Funding for the military was not a priority under the Obama administration, and the effect on readiness has been staggering,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) noted Wednesday. “So much so that [Defense] Secretary Mattis said he was ‘shocked’ by the poor state of U.S. combat readiness. In 2017, we lost 80 service member lives due
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