"We’re going to close the unproductive tax loopholes that allow some of the truly wealthy to avoid paying their fair share. In theory, some of those loopholes were understandable, but in practice they sometimes made it possible for millionaires to pay nothing, while a bus driver was paying ten percent of his salary, and that’s crazy." -Reagan
Very true statement, JohnWOlin as detailed in the book, "Your Government Failed You," by Richard A. Clarke, former Deputy Asst Secretary for Intell, Asst Secretary of State and Nat'l Coord. for Security and Counter-terrorism.
Per his book, Clarke estimates that U.S. Intelligence agencies - Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), FBI, DEA, Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS), the Nat'l Counter-Intelligence Center (NCTC; now known as the Terrorist Threat Integration Center or TTIC)), the Nat'l Recon Office (NRO) which conduct satelite intel and analyze the images, and the Nat'l Clandestine Service (NCS) who gathers the human intelligence - spend a combined total well in excess of $50 billion/annually. All to tell us there "might be" something amist "over there" we don't know enough about if we know anything about it at all. But in the interest of "national security"...
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I never said anything about screwing with, "necessities".
I said that the DoD will cut things like, bonuses, soldier pay, dependent housing, troop strengths. The most expensive part of the military, are the troops. As I said before, the quickest and easiest way to cut costs in the military, is to have fewer soldiers. The quickest and easiest way to cut down the number of soldiers, other than just running people off, is to cut out the bells and whistles thereby encouraging soldiers to get out of the service.
Soldiers are going to eat, have a roof over their heads, be issued uniforms--the necessities.
However, when the defense budget is cut, everything gets cut across the board--bells and whistles for the soldiers, R&D, training, everything.
When the bells and whistles are cut, soldiers are there, simply because they want to be there, not because their going to end their four-year tour, totally debt free, or because they're getting a bought and paid for college education.
When R&D gets cut, all the super-duper-ass-kickin' weapons systems that makes the United States military the best armed fighting force in the history of the world, may not be there. Ask yourself: how much did it cost to develope the AT-4 anti-tank weapon? The M-60 machine gun? The M-1 main battle tank? The M-2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle? The Patriot anti-missile missile system? The M-40 sniper rifle? The M-24 sniper rifle? All tried-n-true weapons systems that allow our soldiers to do, "more damage, in less time than the enemy", to, show up, "the firstest, with the mostest", which is the single most important objective of warfare. The M-40 and the M-24, by themselves, ran into the millions.
It's real easy to say, "we're going to get rid of the bad **** and keep the good ****", but that just ain't the way it works. The motis operandi that I described in an earlier post has been used in this country for more than 200 years, now. In 1996, when I got married, took my new bride to Germany and there was no post housing available at the Baumholder Kaserne and we had to pay out the ass--more than what our BAQ covered--to rent a ****hole apartment, off post, where the hell were you?? Didn't see ya'll risin' up then!!!
The long and the short of it, is that when American sons and daughters are coming home in body bags, everyone suddenly gives a **** about our service members. Any other time, ya'll don't know and ya'll don't care.
When discussing the military cuts...your tier...(mine too) the E-5 through E-8s...those were the ones most directly impacted. Left a massive hole and leadership void that I dont know we have EVER recovered from...
Rand Paul is a true Republican just like his daddy. Many Republicans have become independents during the Bush administration because of the out of control spending and neo-conservative foreign policies. We can start by shutting down bases in Europe and cutting out excess and wasteful spending in the DOD.