Politics, Defense and Budget Balancing

September 1955
New Republic;9/19/55, Vol. 133 Issue 12, p8
The article focuses on the U.S. government decision of balancing the budget in the current year by cutting another billion dollars from defense spending. The defense cuts had become politics. The Administration is extremely sensitive to the charge that it is jeopardizing the national security to balance the budget just before an election. The major cuts would fall on the Air Force item of 5 billion dollars for aircraft procurement. Despite uncertainties, an attempt by the Democrats to make a campaign issue of defense spending is fraught with political peril,, for in effect it would challenge the military judgment of a President who is respected most in the popular mind as a military strategist.


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