Afraid to Call our Enemies Out
- The FY2023 budget submission is particularly vague in dealing with China. The document does not mention China by name, and its list of “Indo-Pacific Investments” does not clearly address any of the concerns White House raised in the Biden administration’s new Indo-Pacific strategy.
- This budget reflects the worst tendencies of bureaucratic inertia: refusing to evolve and adapt to meet the threat posed by our various enemies around the world.
Congress must reject Biden’s proposal and fund a defense budget grounded in reality:
- China is our greatest threat, and our military must maintain its advantages over them. Our Navy must build more ships, not cut them. Our Air Force must have the money for munitions, aircraft, and training hours.
- Our nuclear arsenal is outdated, we can’t even build new nuclear weapons. Our arsenal must modernize to reflect the growing nuclear threats from Russia and China.
- Inflation is at historic highs, hurting every servicemember who has to support their family and put food on the table. Our troops cannot afford a pay cut.