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Barney Frank, Ron Paul: Cut Military Spending

Tea Party favorite Ron Paul and liberal Democrat Barney Frank both want to slash the U.S. military’s big budget. They join us, together.

Congressmen Barney Frank (D-MA) and Ron Paul (R-TX) (AP)

Congressmen Barney Frank (D-MA) and Ron Paul (R-TX) (AP)

Ron Paul, ’08 GOP presidential contender, is a conservative libertarian leading light and Tea Party hero. Barney Frank is a no-apologies liberal Democrat.

They agree on one big thing. America’s giant military budget must be cut, in a giant way: a trillion-dollar cut over the next decade.

We can’t afford our own security policy, say Frank and Paul.  And it’s not making us secure.  It’s time for a new strategy, they say.  Time to put the vast Pentagon budget on the table, and start slashing

We hear the views of conservative Ron Paul and liberal Barney Frank on American defense spending.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests:

Barney Frank, Democratic Congressman representing the 4th district of Massachusetts since 1980. He is Chairman of the Financial Services Committee.  Frank, along with Ron Paul (R-TX), Walter Jones (R-NC), and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) are calling for more than $1 trillion in cuts in the military budget over the next ten years.

Ron Paul, Republican Congressman representing the 14th district of Texas since 1997, which includes Galveston. He has run for president twice, once in 1988 as the nominee for the Libertarian Party and again in 2008 as a candidate for the Republican Party.

Daniel Goure, vice president of the Lexington Institute, a public policy think tank. He was a member of the 2001 Department of Defense Transition Team. He is former director of the Office of Strategic Competitiveness in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

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