"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
The US Navy protects our freedom by protecting the SLOC between us and our trading partners, ensuring that our economy is free from as many outside hostile influences as possible.
Part of protecting us from direct military threat is the ability to project force, both as a deterrent and as an ability to react. CVNs do exactly that, in a way nothing else can.
Protecting our ships from pirates using aircraft carriers would be hundreds of times more expensive than the cost of simply not doing trade. That is the reason we haven't deployed warships to guard the coast of Somalia.
We already have 12,000 nukes and that's enough.
In case you haven't noticed, we are only capable of bullying countries that have no nukes.
We don't poke Pakistan, or India, or Israel around too much because they can go ballistic on us.
We stopped messing with China when we saw they had nukes.
Aircraft carriers are irrelevant.
Nothing is a better deterrent than a nuclear missile.
Sure, private enterprise has its drawbacks. But so too, hand over more control to central (federal) government and you will see less opportunity for the masses to attain wealth and independence.
Every option has its advantages and drawbacks. Make your choice.
Your statement makes it obvious you seek to limit or decrease the population of "rich people".
Last edited by Telecaster; 11-26-09 at 05:12 PM.