The Defense Authorization bill is supposed to be an opportunity for Congress to shape national defense priorities and share the responsibility with the president when it comes to foreign policy.
Generally the president has significant authority to make his mark on foreign and defense policy and the authorization process for both the Defense and State Departments is the Constitution’s way to make sure the co-equal Legislative Branch of government is properly part of the process.
Sadly though this is what was intended, current reality no longer resembles what was meant to be.
Instead, Congress members abrogate their authority to set defense spending priorities to the Pentagon, the military-industrial complex, and to special interests in their districts.
The result is a mess that has very little to do with defending this country and a whole lot to do with enriching those in position to feed from the trough.
This week the House will vote on the Defense Authorization Act for 2017.
Today’s Liberty Report explains the process and previews the result:
This article first appeared at ronpaulinstitute.org