The Bipartisan Policy Center’s Rivlin-Domenici Debt Reduction Task Force, among many others, demonstrated that both Democrats and Republicans are capable of critically analyzing defense strategy and spending. The BPC’s commentary on the recent survey conducted by the Stimson Center, the Project for Public Consultation, and the Center for Public Integrity, points out that this bipartisan willingness to re-evaluate security budgets also can be found among the American public more broadly.
The most encouraging results from the PPC report were never written down, but are evident from the statistics themselves. In many areas, there was clear consensus from both self-identified Democrats and self-identified Republicans in favor of thoughtfully reforming the Defense Department. Hopefully their elected representatives will take the hint.
It all goes to show, as our own Gordon Adams and Matthew Leatherman pointed out, that the myth that “Republicans like defense spending; Democrats don’t” is just that – a myth.