It is time that Senator Feinstein be fired by the voters and replaced by the more qualified Elizabeth Emken. Perhaps when Feinstein returns to San Francisco she will be humming this song.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., will step into the nuclear arms debate Wednesday, using her chairmanship of a Senate Appropriations Committee energy and water panel to “explore opportunities for further reductions in the nuclear arsenal and the role nuclear weapons play in addressing national security threats.”
The lead witnesses will be retired Gen. James E. Cartwright, former vice chair of the Joint Chiefs, Amb. Thomas Pickering, former undersecretary of State for political affairs, who will discuss the Global Zero U.S. Nuclear Policy Commission’s report calling for the United States and Russia to reduce their nuclear arsenals 80 percent, to 900 total weapons each.
The group claims that reducing nuclear arms could save U.S. taxpayers as much as $120 billion over the next 15 years. It’s part of a broader push back by groups against the drumbeat by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Republicans against a big military spending cut or “sequester” that will kick in at the end of the year as part of last summer’s budget agreement.
That plan calls for $1.2 trillion in cuts over 10 years divided between domestic and defense spending. It was never supposed to happen because a “super committee” was supposed to come up with a better plan to reduce the deficit.
A lot less has been said about the $600 billion that is supposed to come out of all the domestic accounts.