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    Re: Obama to propose spending freeze

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I knew that as soon as Obama proposed something in relation to controlling the deficit, those who cried the loudest about the deficit would still find ways to bitch, so I am not at all surprised by the way this thread has gone. I think some of you need to admit you really don't care about the deficit, you just want to bitch about Obama.

    Well, if he actually did something with some teeth that may be a different story, but this is a fake gesture......


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    Re: Obama to propose spending freeze

    Quote Originally Posted by Goldenboy219 View Post
    Taxes are going to have to be raised in the future, this much is certain. Spending freezes will reduce the amount of taxation that will be required to continue to obtain the credit necessary to run this country.

    Is a zero debt burden by the federal government likely? Probably not..... for dozens of future generations.
    Well I guess we can thank Bush for that debt burden, eh?

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    Re: Obama to propose spending freeze

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    Great point, you've really convinced me that corporations are doing all they can to convince Obama to cut expenditures.



    According to the President, it would save $250b. Did you miss that part of the story?
    Oh is that what it will save? So who and what is not going to get the funding they were supposed to get?

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    Re: Obama to propose spending freeze

    Quote Originally Posted by NoJingoLingo View Post
    Oh is that what it will save?
    Yes.

    So who and what is not going to get the funding they were supposed to get?
    Departments other than Defense, Foreign Aid, Veterans, Intelligence, and Homeland Security.


    Here's a quick bit of advice for you: If you read the article in the first ****ing post in a thread, it will generally give you some basic knowledge about the topic so that you can speak intelligently about it should you choose to participate. If you decide against reading the article, then you may end up asking stupid ****ing questions like the one you've asked twice now.

    I sincerely hope that clears things up.
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    Re: Obama to propose spending freeze

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    Yes.



    Departments other than Defense, Foreign Aid, Veterans, Intelligence, and Homeland Security.


    Here's a quick bit of advice for you: If you read the article in the first ****ing post in a thread, it will generally give you some basic knowledge about the topic so that you can speak intelligently about it should you choose to participate. If you decide against reading the article, then you may end up asking stupid ****ing questions like the one you've asked twice now.

    I sincerely hope that clears things up.
    It was sarcasm, genius and I did read the OP.

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    Re: Obama to propose spending freeze

    Quote Originally Posted by NoJingoLingo View Post
    It was sarcasm, genius and I did read the OP.
    So then what was the purpose of that post other than to troll? If you have a point, feel free to share it. If not, feel free to move on to another thread.
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    Re: Obama to propose spending freeze

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    So who, exactly, would have dealt with Afghanistan? Imagine a world where the US renounced all military endeavors and cut all military spending. Do you think that all the problems in the world, ranging from Afghanistan to NK to Israel/Palestine to Sudan to Iran to FARC to Somalia to Pakistan to Rwanda, would just disappear? The rest of the world would have to step up its game and intervent to resolve those problems.
    The U.S. divided priorities between Afghanistan and Iraq. Once your government did that, it had no right to complain about operations in Afghanistan going downhill. Most of those problems that you mention would have been resolved post-cold war if the U.S. had stopped continuing its funding and training of dictators and sectarian actors in the region. The Taliban is your creation. NATO and the other nations involved are helping you as a courtesy. (By "you" I mean your country, obviously not you personally.) That good will has been abused by expecting allies to partake in more conflicts as a product of imperialistic attitudes. You settle your own scores and then get back to us about priorities.

    The fact remains that many of the direct wars and a large number of the proxy wars being fought by the U.S. could have been prevented in the first place by exercising restraint instead of engaging in hasty interventionist policy. As a result military spending is substantial in order to maintain global base operations. Some of those are because of treaties and that's fine, but a lot are for strategic maintenance in anticipation of future conflicts.

    The military-industrial complex in the U.S. arose from the Cold War and needs continual war in order to produce GDP, otherwise it's a lost sector of the economy.

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    Furthermore, such a power vacuum would create an opportunity for other nations to fill, and I think I know which countries would be most likely to take advantage of such a situation - China and Russia.
    China is powerful because the U.S. has borrowed itself into servitude.

    The U.S. created the very environment you speak of, where other nations rely on it to fill the power vacuum. The world is grateful for its efforts during the Cold War but post facto it created the international infrastructure for co-dependence. If your nation is to survive the long term it has to be broken. The world will simply adapt. Europe has enjoyed a relatively laid back environment, reaping the benefits of U.S. interventionism for years. It would just have to militarize again and defend its own ass.

    You act as though the U.S. is doing everyone a favor but it's just as much about maintaining influence over a broad range as it is about maintaining a good image.

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    The fact is that a world without the US military is not a world in which you or other Western powers would enjoy living.
    Don't presume that the benefits aren't mutual. The opportunity cost that the U.S. suffers from large military spending is one made up for by developments made and shared by its allies.

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    Everything does everything out of self-interest - that doesn't mean it doesn't help others. Warren Buffet pays his taxes because he doesn't want to go to jail - does his self-interest mean that the thousands of people getting government money because of him don't really benefit from it?
    I don't see how you can favor military spending yet attack welfare. Tax dollars fund both of those things and people don't support either. If you reduce one you should reduce both. I'm not suggesting cutting the military budget in a huge way but it's definitely a major drain on the system. Moderation is key, same with welfare and the other social programs. You can't have your cake and eat it too if you're trillions in debt.

    The only benefit to war is acquiring more capital which can be used to back U.S. currency, but your country isn't even succeeding at doing that. Assets acquired become high risk due to continual insurgency. The only benefit to acquiring Iraq is using it as a gateway to enter Iran (and thus extend the vicious cycle of the regional conflict), and to use the oil infrastructure to challenge world prices. That benefit is temporary.

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    We don't provide troops because other countries are more eager to provide them. Countries get paid a set wage for providing peacekeepers, which creates a strong incentive for poorer countries to supply as many as they can. Furthermore, the UN likes to use troops from smaller countries so as to avoid the image of its peacekeepers as occupiers or colonizers.
    True.
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    Re: Obama to propose spending freeze

    Quote Originally Posted by NoJingoLingo View Post
    Oh is that what it will save? So who and what is not going to get the funding they were supposed to get?
    Actually, its NOT going to save $250B (over 10 years), its going to reduce the increase in spending by $250B (over 10 years).

    This isnt any more of a 'savings' than you get when comparing your current car payment to the one that you would have if you bought a more expensive car.

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    Re: Obama to propose spending freeze

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    So then what was the purpose of that post other than to troll? If you have a point, feel free to share it. If not, feel free to move on to another thread.
    I was pointing out that it's pointless but I guess you prefer "The Prof" kind of rambling since I notice that you didn't say dick about that.

    Are you going to follow me around and ad hom my posts just because you can't defeat my arguments in other posts?

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